An angry motorist who screwed up a #30 parking ticket and threw it away has been fined £850 – for LITTERING.
Timothy Sawyer, 64, was slapped with the penalty notice by a PCSO when he parked his Ford Fiesta on a single yellow line in July last year.
A court heard Sawyer screwed the ticket up into a ball and threw it at the officer telling him: “I will f*****g well park here.”
He then drove off down the high street in the market town of Horncastle, Lincs., leaving the £30 fine lying in the road.
Sawyer refused to pay the charge within seven days and turned down several requests from East Lindsey District Council (ELDC) for the money.
He was charged with a littering offence but failed to appear at Skegness Magistrates Court last Thursday.
JPs proceeded with the case in his absence and found him guilty of littering after hearing evidence from Police Community Support Officer Keith Briggs and a council enforcement officer.
Sawyer, who had indicated a not guilty plea in a letter presented to the court, was fined £200, ordered to pay costs of £637.61 as well as a £15 victim surcharge.
Prosecutor Beverley Dawes described Sawyer as aggressive and belligerent when he was approached by PCSO Briggs at the time of the offence.
She said the officer asked Sawyer whether he owned a disability permit which would have allowed him to park on the yellow line but was told: “I haven’t got a f****** badge.”
PCSO Briggs also told the court Sawyer had parked in a dangerous place, between a pedestrian crossing and a bus stop.
He added: “I believe he would have driven off before I could write the ticket so I approached the driver’s side of his vehicle.
“The window was open and I said to him ‘this is your ticket sir’.
“He screwed it up into a ball, threw it out of the vehicle and drove off.”
Magistrates also heard Sawyer was abusive when council enforcement officers tracked him down and spoke to him on the telephone in August.
Kristina West, an ELDC enforcement officer, told the court: “He made it clear he was not going to pay because of what he called ‘issues.’
“He said it was stupid and silly. He was very rude so I told him I was not prepared to discuss the matter on the phone and I terminated the call.”
Miss West also said Sawyer had written abusive letters to the council, including the authority’s chief executive.
Sawyer refused to comment about the incident but said he was launching a counter claim against Lincolnshire Police.
He said: “I tell you what, they are going to have the shock of their lives – I’m not saying much more than that.
“But it has got to be the most expensive parking ticket ever.”
One of his neighbours added: “He can be a grumpy old boy. He is very stubborn indeed.”