Banned Sunderland driver took father’s car without permission and drove it uninsured

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A BANNED driver has been warned he could end up behind bars after taking his father’s car out for a spin.

William Palmer, who was disqualified from driving for three years in 2011, was given a final chance to get his act together when he appeared before the court.

Sunderland magistrates were told Palmer already has “six or seven” convictions for driving while disqualified.

In the latest incident, Palmer, himself a father of a young daughter, took his dad’s silver Vauxhall Vectra out for a drive without his permission.

The 32-year-old was spotted by police, driving in Cheltenham Road, Hylton Castle, on August 4.

Not only should he not have been driving, but Palmer had also taken the 51-reg car without his father’s consent and was not insured, the court was told.

Palmer, of King’s Place, Millfield, admitted driving a motor vehicle which had been taken without the owner’s consent, driving while disqualified and driving without insurance.

Angus Westgarth, mitigating, said: “Mr Palmer has approached me several times today. He is very anxious about his position and what the court might do.

“He has six or seven previous driving whilst disqualified convictions.

“He’s had some very poor decision- making in the past.

“Today is the first time I’ve seen him so worried about losing his liberty.

“He comes to court the best dressed I’ve ever seen him.

“He is, perhaps, preparing for the worst. He is of an age now where he should really know better.

“It was his father’s vehicle. I don’t know whether that makes it any better or worse.

“The position between he and his father is now good. He’s patched it up with the victim of the crime.

“The only losers by sending Mr Palmer to prison would be you and I – the taxpayer.”

Addressing the bench, Palmer told the magistrates: “I’m really nervous. I don’t want to got to prison. It’s the last thing I want.”

Palmer was handed a 12-month community order with a supervision requirement.

The Probation Service were told to focus on Palmer’s alcohol intake in its work with him.

He was also banned from driving for a further three years and will need to take an extended driving test before he can take to the roads after that.