A MAN from Huddersfield in the middle of a five-car pile-up on the M62 was not only a rejected asylum seeker but a banned driver, a court heard.
Yasin Tawfiq Fatah, 28, an Iraqi Kurd, of Harp Inge, Dalton, appeared before Rochdale magistrates.
He admitted driving while banned and without insurance.
Fatah was said to have previous convictions for driving with excess alcohol. He was also serving an 18-month driving ban.
The magistrates called for pre-sentence reports, with all options - including custody - to be considered.
Fatah, who was granted conditional bail, will be sentenced on June 22.
Mr Mark Humphreys, prosecuting, said it was always something to be feared when there was an accident and one of those involved did not have insurance.
Such was the case with Fatah, who was in a crash on the M62.
During inquiries it was discovered Fatah was banned.
At first he had given false details.
When the matter came to sentencing there would be an application to confiscate Fatah's vehicle, Mr Humphreys added.
Mr Alan Mulcahy, for Fatah, said his client had been refused asylum. Therefore, he had no means of support.
As a result, he had bought the car to sell on for a profit "to keep body and soul together".