A MECHANIC and MoT tester who had previously been disqualified from driving was caught trying to drive a broken down vehicle.
Paul Withers, 24, of Hughville Street, Camborne, was disqualified from driving for two years and handed a six-month prison sentence suspended for 18 months in January for an offence of dangerous driving, Truro Crown Court heard on Thursday.
On February 9, he was spotted by a police officer trying to start a broken down Peugeot 206 on Loggans Road, Hayle.
He gave the officer a false name and said he had lost his driving licence.
Julia Cox, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said: “It was him trying to start the vehicle on a public road.
“There is no evidence of him driving prior to that but of course how the vehicle got there is a matter or speculation.”
Ms Cox said Withers drove the car while it was being towed a short distance and had no insurance.
At an earlier hearing Withers pleaded guilty to one charge of criminal damage on January 21, driving while disqualified, obstructing a police officer in the execution of their duty and driving without insurance.
He also admitted breaching the suspended sentence and a conditional discharge imposed on him last year.
Paul Gallagher, defending, said Withers was aware he was at risk of going to prison and had already spent 30 days in HMP Exeter on remand.
He said: “It was his first time in prison. He has had that short, sharp shock and he has not enjoyed his time there.”
Withers was sentenced to three months in prison suspended for 12 months for the new offences and had the operational period of the original suspended sentence increased from 18 months to 21 months.
He was also ordered to pay an £80 victim surcharge.