Banned driver Shaun Frank flouted his suspended sentence, Leicester Crown Court told
A disqualified driver caught flouting a suspended prison sentence has been jailed.
Shaun Frank (20) was stopped by police as he was driving his mother's Alfa Romeo car in Wickford Close, Humberstone, Leicester, at 2.40pm on November 4.
Officers discovered he was banned from driving and arrested him.
At a hearing at Leicester Crown Court yesterday, he admitted driving when disqualified and without insurance.
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Frank, of Lady Jane Walk, Scraptoft, also admitted that the offences put him in breach of a nine-month suspended detention sentence, which was imposed last April, for dangerous driving in the same car. Recorder Peter Coke activated five months of the suspended term yesterday, to run consecutively with a one-month sentence for driving when banned.
Henry Gordon, mitigating, said: "He accepts full responsibility for his actions and knows what he did was stupid.
"The gravity of the previous sentence has only just hit home.
"He was at home alone when his girlfriend, with whom he has a child, rang him to say they were both unwell.
"She asked him to come over.
"He jumped into his mother's car and drove a five-minute journey to her home. He was on his way there when he was stopped.
"He could have walked or jogged there.
"He realises his actions were foolish and illegal."
He said Frank's partner had not been seriously ill, but he was concerned because she was complaining of flu-like symptoms."
Mr Gordon said: "He left college with A and AS levels and has done some casual work, but is still actively seeking employment.
"He lives at home with his parents and his girlfriend is expecting their second child in April."
Sentencing, Recorder Peter Coke told Frank: "You were no doubt told last April what would happen if you breached the suspended sentence.
"Then, here we have you in November doing the same thing, in the same car, although you didn't drive dangerously or run off.
"Your explanation is quite frankly unbelievable because, if it was true, you could have mentioned it to the police at the time, but didn't.
"There's no medical evidence to show there was something wrong with your girlfriend.
"People have to learn that suspended sentences are just what they say.
"You are intelligent. It doesn't take a lot to realise that if you've been banned from driving you don't drive until it's been lifted."
Frank was given a total of 13 points on his licence and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £80.