A FARNBOROUGH man has been jailed for using his girlfriend’s car while serving a two-year driving ban.
Wayne Lawson, 35, of Sandy Lane, Farnborough, was jailed for two months after admitting driving while disqualified and taking the car without consent.
Woking magistrates were told last Monday that Lawson was also not insured.
Temi Bakare, prosecuting, said Lawson was banned from the roads for two years last February following another offence of driving while disqualified.
She said these latest charges followed an incident on July 1 last year when he was waiting for a lift home from his girlfriend.
“The defendant had called his girlfriend and asked to be picked up because he had been in an accident in a Transit van.”
The girlfriend arrived at the scene and asked Lawson to hold her car keys while she helped to move the crashed van.
But she then heard a loud crash and realised that Lawson had got into her car and crashed it as he attempted to drive home.
Bernard Crick, defending, told magistrates there were pre-sentence reports prepared, but added: “You will note that they don’t really help you to consider anything other than custody for this offence.
“I am rather desperate and admit that my defendant hasn’t been the model client.”
Mr Crick told the court he was “struck by Lawson’s increasing ability” to approach problems rationally when he was in a calm state of mind.
He said Lawson was working on ways to avoid or manage stress in the future.
Lawson was intending to give his now ex-girlfriend money to pay for the damaged vehicle, and added that she “did not expect him to help himself to her car.”
“When taking the car, it wasn’t premeditated and he took completely the wrong steps to try to sort the problem out.
“He accepts that this is where he could and should have done so much better.”
Mr Crick asked the magistrates to consider a community rehabilitation order as an alternative to prison.
“We are all charged to try to help people avoid custody, and although Mr Lawson has a poor past, much of that is consigned to antiquity.”
However, Mr Crick’s pleas fell on deaf ears.
Court chairman Michael Morritt told Lawson: “We feel you have been most unhelpful with the report and unwilling to take part in community rehabilitation and we feel there is no option but custody.”
Lawson was given two months for taking the vehicle and a one-month concurrent term for driving while banned.
Magistrates did not impose a penalty for driving without insurance.