A YOUNG Bude man who tried to avoid being caught driving without insurance landed himself in much bigger trouble by lying to the police, a court has heard.
Jon Foulston, of Downs View, was jailed when he appeared at Truro Crown Court on Monday after admitting perverting the course of justice.
Phillip Lee, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said Foulston, 22, told the police his car had been stolen in a bid to avoid taking responsibility for driving an uninsured car, which was involved in an accident.
Simon Dolphin, a water sports instructor, was on his way to Northcott Mouth Beach, Bude, on May 10 when he was involved in a collision with a Vauxhall Vetra, which was being driven by Foulston.
The vehicles were both damaged and the two drivers stopped and spoke to each other.
Mr Lee said: “The defendant said ‘I was only doing about 40mph.
“I don’t live around here and I don’t know the road. I will settle up in cash.”
At this point Mr Dolphin insisted they swap insurance details but Foulston refused, got back into his car and drove off.
The court heard that later that same day police received a report from Foulston that his vehicle had been stolen – a lie that he kept up for some weeks only admitting that he was the driver on May 28.
Barry Hilliard, for the defence, said: “This is a classic example of somebody who stepped into a small hole and starts digging and digging, going from a no insurance charge (which is not punishable by custody) to facing an immediate custodial sentence.”
Mr Hilliard said his client suffered from untreated attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and had panicked after the accident because he wrongly though he was subject to a suspended prison sentence from a previous offence.
Sentencing Judge Christopher Harvey Cloark said: “The message has to go out that anybody involved in a road traffic incident or a speeding incident has to admit they were driving or otherwise consequences will befall them.”
Foulston was jailed for four months for perverting the course of justice and two months concurrently for failing to report an accident.
For driving without insurance, he was disqualified from driving for six months.