False name ploy lands man in jail

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A BANNED driver who gave false information to Doncaster police in a bid to evade justice has been sent to prison.

Surveyor Raymond Brown added one extra letter to his surname and gave a different date of birth when he was pulled over near Tickhill because of his erratic driving.

A police officer had to jump into his car and apply the handbrake when it started to roll down a hill because the 61-year-old was incapable of parking properly.

It took a few weeks for South Yorkshire Police officers to realise the man they had arrested was already banned for a previous drink-drive offence, Doncaster Crown Court was told.

Brown went on to plead guilty to a charge of perverting the course of justice and was jailed for four months when he appeared before Judge Jacqueline Davies.

Beverley Tait, prosecuting, said police were following a Jaguar XJ sports car along Rotherham Road towards Tickhill in the early hours when they realised it was being driven at a speed much lower than the legal limit and was swerving from side to side and clipping the kerb.

They stopped the car and had to assist the driver in applying the automatic parking brake before asking him for his details.

Ms Tait said the driver gave his name as Ray Browne and his date of birth as November 25, 1949 and then gave a breath specimen which showed he was more than twice the legal alcohol limit.

He was arrested and bailed to produce his documents but further checks showed he was really Raymond Brown, born October 27, 1949 who had been banned for drink driving in 2009.

Arrested again, Brown, of Church Road, Teddington, Middlesex, admitted he had been “rather stupid”.

Defence solicitor Sarah Smith said Brown had made a full and frank admission at his second interview and the offence was borne out of stupidity when he took a foolish decision to drive a woman to her house.

Miss Smith said the defendant was now suffering from diabetes and the offence was committed when he was having a difficult time, going through bankruptcy proceedings.

Judge Davies, who also banned him from driving for a further three years, told Brown: “Those who quite deliberately do what you did must understand the risk they run. Your offence was aggravated by alcohol.”