Sheffield drunk driver who gave cousin's name to police is jailed

Sheffield Crown Court
Sheffield Crown Court
Have your say

A Sheffield man who tried to give his cousin's name to police after he was stopped for drink driving has been jailed.

Saleh Alessaie, of Fairbank Road, was handed a three-month prison sentence and disqualified from driving for 12 months after he was found to be 50 per-cent over the limit.

On December 27 they noticed a black Seat Leon driving suspiciously. When they stopped the vehicle, police arrested Alessaie after smelling alcohol on him.

The prosecution stated that when asked his identity by the police Alessaie gave his cousins name meaning the police processed him under those details.

However, police were soon able to realise Alessaie's true identity after using print technology.

His defence, delivered by Andrew Swaby, stated that Allessaie had lost his brother on Feb 18, just before a family wedding, and this should be taken into account before delivering his sentence.

Swaby said: "This took place just before a family wedding and that should have been a time of celebration.

"This life changing event has helped make him reflect upon himself"

The defence added that he was remorseful for his actions and he was cooperative with police despite lying about his name and perverting the course of justice.

He added: "I ask you to put him on trust to engage without trouble, could you give him full credit for his plea."

Judge Robert Moore convicted Alessaie earlier today at Sheffield Crown Court.

He said: "Driving 50 per-cent over the limit and then giving false details are serious offences which can only be given custodial sentences."