A JAIL sentence hangs over a banned South Normanton motorist who took a car without permission and caused a three-vehicle accident - in a journey to buy cigarettes.
Electrician Ryan Bailey was attempting a U-turn in the village at 8am on 3rd November when the Vauxhall Astra collided with on oncoming Volvo car, which was shunted into the front of a coach parked at a bus stop.
Volvo driver David Skelding suffered a minor chest injury in the collision, Becky Mahon, prosecuting, told magistrates at Chesterfield on Monday.
“The defendant had taken his partner’s vehicle without her knowledge or consent.
He told her what had happened and she told him to contact police, which he did,” said Ms Mahon.
The court heard that Bailey (34) had an appalling motoring record, including three previous convictions for driving while banned and a jail sentence for dangerous driving in 2004.
That offence had resulted in him being required to pass another driving test before taking the wheel again unsupervised.
He told police he had not realised he had to pass another test.
Bailey (34), of Carter Lane East, South Normanton, admitted charges of aggravated vehicle-taking and driving while disqualified and without insurance.
The bench imposed an eight-week jail term but suspended it for six months.
They also ordered him to do 80 hours unpaid work and handed him a new, one-year driving ban, with £85 costs.
“It’s difficult to convey the shame and embarassment he feels. In the past he wouldn’t have handed himself in to police - he would have tried to get away.
“It was a stupid misjudgement. He smokes a lot and didn’t have any cigarettes.
His partner was upstairs having a shower and he decided to borrow her car,” said Parminder Samrai, for Bailey.