A father-of-three has been spared jail for driving whilst disqualified and is now banned for a further 18 months.
Anthony Johnson, 41, of Goldington Avenue, Oakes, admitted driving his wife’s BMW on Westbourne Road on August 8.
The court heard Johnson had been disqualified for six months in June under the ‘Totting Up’ rule for accumulating 12 points in three years for using a mobile phone (3), speeding (3) and no insurance (six).
Johnson, who represented himself at Kirklees Magistrates’ Court yesterday, said he regretted his actions.
The court heard the sentencing guidelines for a charge of driving whilst disqualified start at six weeks in custody.
But, after hearing from the probation service, magistrates decided that a high level community order with 300 hours unpaid work would be issued as a direct alternative to custody.
The court heard Johnson had fallen on hard financial times after being made redundant and had started a car valetting and cleaning business which had failed.
He was hoping to start an electricians course to provide a new career to support his wife and children, one of whom, is disabled.