A BANNED driver has been jailed after he was caught behind the wheel of his mother’s car after drinking.
Robert Hall, 28, caught the attention of police by driving the Citroen Saxo without lights on at 3am, on January 7, in Stockton Road, Hartlepool.
Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court heard he tried to speed away when police followed him but Hall pulled over in nearby Brierton Lane.
Hall was lying across the front passenger and driver seat in an apparent attempt to hide from them.
Prosecutor Katherine Hannah said: “He stated he was trying to avoid detection as he didn’t have a current driving licence and didn’t have permission to drive the vehicle, which belonged to his mother and she didn’t know he had taken the keys.”
It emerged he was banned from driving, over the alcohol limit, had some cannabis in his pocket and was on a suspended prison sentence.
Hall pleaded guilty to taking a vehicle without consent, drink-driving, driving while disqualified, no insurance, possession of cannabis and breach of a suspended sentence.
John Relton, mitigating, said Hall’s mother became ill while visiting his sister and he wanted to get home for a job opportunity.
“He hadn’t planned to go out and drive,” said Mr Relton.
Hall, of Annand Road, Durham, was jailed for 28 weeks.
Magistrate Gary Dixon said: “These matters are very serious.”