Rogue driver jailed for 21st crime – but claims he was only moving a broken down car

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A ROGUE driver was jailed for his 21st conviction for driving while disqualified - but claimed he only drove for two seconds to help a woman whose car had broken down.

Police stopped Peter Thackeray, 42, from Hartlepool, driving a blue Vauxhall Astra car in Horden, on September 19 last year.

Thackeray told Teesside Crown Court it had broken down outside a school in Cotsford Lane, Horden, and he was helping to move it for the woman owner.

Unemployed Thackeray, who sacked his legal team, said: “It was just for two seconds.

“The door was still open, and I thought I was doing a good turn. There was only me and my girlfriend and the woman.”

Prosecuting, Liam O’Brien said that when police stopped Thackeray at 8.50am he admitted he was a disqualified driver and he had no insurance.

He was convicted of dangerous driving in 1998 and banned until he passes an extended driving test, which he had failed to do.

He had 43 convictions for 113 offences, and he now had 21 for driving while disqualified.

Thackeray had also breached a suspended four months jail sentence for theft imposed on September 3, 2012.

He said that he lived with his mother, who had been rushed to hospital after a suspected heart attack.

He said: “I did not drive it, I was just moving it and I still had the door open.

“I am just not going to do it no more. Just for two seconds, I have suffered for a long time.”

Judge Howard Crowson told him: “It doesn’t matter how far you have driven it, this was your 21st driving while disqualified.

“There is now no other way of dealing with you other than imprisoning you.”

Thackeray, of Oak Grove, Hartlepool, was jailed for six months and disqualified again for 18 months after he pleaded guilty to driving while disqualified and without insurance.

He told the judge before he was led away: “I won’t be back ever again.”