A BUSINESSMAN has been put behind bars for breaching road bans for the sixth time.
David Kelly, who owns three salons with his partner, flouted his latest disqualification by getting behind the wheel of his convertible BMW 3 series last June.
He knew that the ban was up. He didn’t think he had to sit the extended test.Jamie Adams, defending
At Newcastle Crown Court yesterday Judge Robin Mairs told the 37-year-old: “Orders of the court are to be taken seriously.
“I have no doubt, on previous occasions when disqualifications were made, it would have been explained to you with crystal clarity that any breach could lead to imprisonment.
“The time, I’m afraid, has now come when it needs to be enforced. When orders of the court are made and breached it will have an impact.”
Kelly appeared visibly shocked as he was led away to start the jail term.
Prosecutor Michael Bunch told the court Kelly’s latest disqualification, which ran from March 2010 to December 2013, had come to an end when he was pulled over on June 5 last year.
But he had yet to pass an extended driving test, which meant he was still banned from driving.
Kelly, who was on a suspended sentence at the time for a drugs offence, had no insurance for the plush BMW he was driving.
Mr Bunch said: “He has five previous convictions for driving while disqualified.”
The court heard Kelly has since passed the extended test and will be allowed back on the roads after his release.
Judge Mairs imposed six penalty points on Kelly’s new licence - along with a two-month jail term.
Jamie Adams, defending, said: “He has a fantastic work ethic. He and his partner have opened now three salons and expect to open another later this year.
“He knew that the ban was up. He didn’t think he had to sit the extended test.”
Mr Adams said Kelly had got back behind the wheel without insurance because he needed to travel for work.
Kelly, of Washington Road, Sunderland, admitted driving while disqualified and having no insurance.