AN "arrogant young man" produced a licence in another name when he committed a drink-driving offence for which he got disqualified.
Aaron Sait then simply ignored the ban and carried on driving using his own licence until his deception was spotted when he was arrested for another unrelated matter.
Sait, aged 21, of Allendale Court, Studley, pleaded guilty at Warwick Crown Court to driving while disqualified, perverting the course of justice and having no insurance.
Following an adjournment for a pre-sentence report to be prepared on him, Stait failed to turn up at the court and a warrant was issued for his arrest.
And at the resumed hearing the following day, after his arrest on the warrant, he was jailed for a total of 16 months and banned from driving for three years.
Prosecutor Ian Speed said the offences came to light following Sait’s arrest on an unrelated matter of theft from his girlfriend’s bank account, for which he was given a community order in February.
It was discovered he had previously been disqualified in the name of Aaron Martin after producing a licence in that name, which he had obtained using his father’s surname, for an excess alcohol offence.
But he had continued to drive using a licence he had applied for in his own name.
And he produced that to the police in a bid to escape the consequences of driving while disqualified, and therefore without insurance, when he was arrested in November, added Mr Speed.
Nick Devine, defending, said: “The inevitable sentence today will represent his first sentence of custody.
“He has admitted he knew what he was doing and took a calculated decision to drive the vehicle knowing he was disqualified.”
He explained that Sait had failed to turn up when the case was first listed because he was living at an address in Derby as a condition of bail, and did not have the money to get to court, but later handed himself in to the police.
Sait was jailed for 12 months for perverting the course of justice, with consecutive sentences of three months for driving while disqualified and one month for failing to surrender to his bail.
Recorder Tim Raggatt QC told him: “You fall to be dealt with for perverting the course of justice, which comes to this; you used a false driving licence to hide the fact of your disqualification.
“That shows you have an entire disregard to the fact that you were a disqualified driver.
“On the 30th of November you drove while disqualified. That shows a thorough disregard for court orders. You simply go on offending, and offending in the same way.
“I note your demeanour; it is arrogant and shows a disregard for the whole proceedings. You are perfectly entitled to show that arrogant disregard – and the court is entitled to deal with you as an arrogant young man who needs teaching a lesson."