A CROSLAND Moor man has appeared in court after flouting his driving ban.
Sajid Hussain, of Row Street, admitted getting behind the wheel whilst disqualified.
Kirklees magistrates were told that the former taxi driver was serving a ban after being caught drink-driving.
Ben Thomas, prosecuting, said on November 26 Police spotted Hussain driving the Skoda Fabia at North Street in Lockwood.
They tried to stop him, but after stopping the car on a driveway he ran off.
The officers gave chase on foot and detained the 27-year-old close by.
Mr Thomas said in interview the defendant admitted he was banned from driving until May 2013. He had been banned in September 2011.
Hussain accepted in interview that he shouldn’t have driven. He said that he had seen his wife’s car keys in the kitchen cupboard and been tempted.
Magistrates heard he had been jobless since his conviction.
The bench gave him a community order for 12 months.
This includes 100 hours of unpaid work and an electronically-monitored curfew for two months.
Hussain was also told to pay £85 costs and £60 victim surcharge.