A DRIVER tried to dodge a speeding fine by switching his registration plates to claim his car had been cloned.
Trevor Davies, 41, created a web of lies in an effort to avoid an £80 fine and speed awareness course, Teesside Crown Court heard.
He was caught on camera driving 50mph in a 40mph zone on Hart Road on the outskirts of Hartlepool.
But when police wrote to Davies to say they intended to prosecute he wrote back claiming his BMW Z4 had been off road at the time.
Four days later he went out and bought a new licence plate in a different style and took photos to suggesting his car had ben cloned.
But a lengthy police investigation revealed Davies’ car with its original plates had been spotted driving around in the area leading up to the offence.
It then reappeared with the new plates after being off road for four days.
Davies, of Pentland Close, Peterlee, admitted doing an act intended to pervert the course of justice.
He had been due to stand trial at the crown court in a case set to last up to three days but finally pleaded guilty.
He was given four months prison suspended for 12 months and ordered to pay £2,500 legal costs.
Davies was also given three penalty points after he admitted the speeding offence.
Police say the case serves as a warning to others who try to avoid justice.
Sergeant Martin Atwell of the Camera Enforcement Unit, said: “Trevor Davies told a web of lies in an attempt to evade justice. The offence was fully investigated and officers saw through his deceit.
“Every case of speeding will be thoroughly investigated and the full weight of the law will be brought against those who have committed offences.
“Cleveland Police take speeding extremely seriously and we will continue to ensure that our roads are as safe as possible for all road users.”