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Banned driver William Allan claimed wife was at wheel
10:20am Thursday 5th September 2013 in News
A banned motorist who claimed his wife was the driver when police spotted him at the wheel has been jailed for 16 weeks.
It was the fifth time William Allan, 51, had broken a driving ban, York Magistrates Court heard.
Allan, of Fifth Avenue, Tang Hall, denied driving whilst disqualified and driving without insurance on a Driffield road on October 22 last year.
He was convicted at a trial on both charges.
In addition to the 16-week sentence, he was also banned from driving for another three years.
His solicitor, Kevin Blount, said he still denied he was the driver.
Martin Butterworth, prosecuting, said police, acting on a call from a member of the public, saw Allan at the wheel of a Toyota Hilu and had difficulty stopping it.
When they eventually did, his wife was at the wheel.
Mr Blount said jailing Allan would cause his family problems because his wife had a stroke in March this year and he was her full-time carer. He had not committed any offences since his arrest.
The court heard Allan’s last set of offences had been in 2010 when he was jailed by Scarborough magistrates for driving whilst disqualified, failure to provide a breath test and driving without insurance.
He had also received a five-year driving ban.