A WOMAN stopped on the M65 told police she hadn't seen them behind her despite their blue lights flashing as they followed as she manoeuvred from one lane to another.

Blackburn magistrates heard Tanesha Lee-Shepherd also claimed she did not know she was disqualified because she hadn't been in court when the ban imposed.

"Neither of those were correct," said Catherine Allan, prosecuting. "When she appeared in court to be disqualified for drink driving she appeared in custody so was clearly present."

Lee-Shepherd, 21, of Waterside Terrace, Bacup, pleaded guilty to driving while disqualified and without insurance. She was made subject to a curfew for three weeks between 7pm and 7am, her licence endorsed with six penalty points and ordered to pay £95 victim surcharge.

The court heard the original disqualification, imposed in 2018 was now finished.

Gareth Price, defending, said it was simply a foolish decision to drive a car when she had been told not to by the court.

He said Lee-Shepherd complied with drink and drug tests and both proved negative.