A Newton-le-Willows man arrested for driving while disqualified and without insurance has been handed a suspended jail sentence and ordered to pay £200.
Andrew David Jolley, 48, of Catherine Way in Newton-le-Willows appeared at Wigan Magistrates’ Court on Friday after being arrested on Kirkhall Lane on Wednesday, March 9.
The court heard how Jolley was apprehended driving two months before the end of a previous ban, which he was given in April 2014 for drink driving.
As well as the 2014 ban, Jolley had served a four-month jail sentence.
Magistrates’ heard how Jolley had only driven on March 9 because he believed that his ban was already completed.
Jolley’s defence lawyer argued that he had purchased the car on February 14, paying £800 and insuring the vehicle, with the belief that his driving ban was now up.
Magistrates’ heard that it would be “idiotic” of Jolley to deliiberately start driving if he knew he had two months before the end of a three year ban, which he had complied with up until this point.
They concluded that Jolley is a “serial offender”, having received previous drink-driving convictions and disqualifications and should receive a suspended custodial sentence.
Jolley was handed a four month jail sentence suspended for 12 months and a further 18 month driving ban. He was also ordered to pay £85 and a £115 victim surcharge.