A DISQUALIFIED driver has been handed a suspended prison term for sitting behind the wheel of a car being towed to a scrapyard.
Unemployed mechanic Blake Lloyd Roberts, of Llewelyn Road, Tanyfron, who had earlier been banned from driving, was prosecuted for sitting in the driver’s seat of a vehicle with the engine running while it was being towed by another car.
Appearing at Wrexham Magistrates Court, Roberts, 28, admitted driving when disqualified, driving in a public place without insurance and not having a valid test certificate.
Justin Espie, prosecuting, told the court the attention of police officers was drawn to two cars on the Llan y Pwll link road on January 20.
The second of the vehicles was a Vauxhall Tigra being towed to be scrapped.
Roberts was in the front seat of the Tigra, but as the car was running, he was deemed to be driving the vehicle.
Roberts had previous convictions, was already banned from driving and was subject to a 24-month community order.
Amy Phoenix, defending, said: “He is a single man living at his parents’ house and suffers from depression for which he is taking medication.
“He is a qualified mechanic and MOT tester who was fixing up his friends Tigra, but it needed more work and was on its way to be scrapped.
“Although he was in the vehicle, he wasn’t in control and didn’t know he was breaking his disqualification curfew.”
Judge Gwyn Jones handed Roberts a 60 day custodial sentence, suspended for 12 months.
Judge Jones said: “These are offences that cross the custody threshold given your record, but I have taken into account the circumstances and your guilty plea.”
Roberts was banned from driving for nine months and fined £110. He was ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £80 and prosecution costs of £35.
Roberts told the court: “I’m keen to apologise for making that mistake and I’m trying to sort my life out.”