A banned motorist with 60 driving offences to his name has been warned he could face custody if he continues down the same road
The motorist concerned, aged 54 years old, appeared before Chesterfield Magistrates’ Court on 13 January 2016 following an incident upon which he had to be chased by police before he was brought to justice for his latest five offences.
At that hearing, the prosecution said:
“Officers were on patrol when they did a check on a Rover vehicle which showed it had no official keeper and no MOT and they used their sirens and lights to try and stop the vehicle. However, the vehicle didn’t stop and they pursued it and again used their blues and twos but it continued…Police summoned assistance from another police car coming in the opposite direction and there was contact between this car and the Rover that brought it to a stop.”
The Court was informed that the defendant had been doing mechanical work on the Rover for another person, when he was caught driving the car on November 15, last year. The defendant pleaded guilty to driving the Rover without the consent of the owner and causing damage to the vehicle. He also admitted driving without insurance, failing to stop for police and to driving without a test certificate and while disqualified.
The court heard how the defendant had also recently been sentenced to a ‘community order’ with rehabilitation for another offence which post-dated these matters.
The defence explained that the individual concerned had been making progress under this community order and urged the court to spare him from custody so he could continue with efforts to change his ways.
The Magistrates sentenced the defendant to a 20 week custodial sentence, suspended for two years, for the five offences on November 15, last year, but warned that any re-offending would result in prison.
The defendant was also banned from driving for a period of three years and he was ordered to pay £85 costs and an £80 victim surcharge.