Prison for five-time disqualified driver

Prison for five-time disqualified driver

A 26-year-old man who has never held a driving licence has been locked up after his fifth driving while disqualified offence.

The chairman of the bench at South Tyneside Magistrates' Court, Elaine McCullough, told Tony Fada, of Hardyards Court in South Shields, that his driving record was horrible and he had no regard for the law before jailing him for 18 weeks.

Fada had an existing 46-month driving ban lengthened, meaning he will not be able to drive until the end of 2016 at the earliest, should he pass a test.

He had admitted driving while disqualified and without car insurance at an earlier hearing at the court before returning to hear his sentence on Monday.

Fada was seen driving a car belonging to his mother-in-law on the school run to pick up his partner's son. He admitted driving while disqualified to the officers who stopped him and he was arrested for the offence.

In January 2012 he stole a friend's car and drove two teenage girls to County Durham while over twice the legal limit of alcohol.

He was banned for driving for 46 months and locked up for 18 weeks after pleading guilty to drink driving, driving while disqualified, driving without insurance, taking a vehicle without consent and failing to stop when he was asked to by officers.

Copyright Press Association 2014