Jail threat for banned driver

A JAIL sentence hangs over a banned Chinley driver who took his step-father’s car for a drive without permission.

Christopher Alexander noticed his Peugeot 308 had damage to a wheel and wing mirror and police were informed.

David Burgess told officers he found driving relaxing and he took the car to Buxton and back on August 13 to “chill out”.

Burgess, 20, of Thornbrook Road, appeared before Chesterfield magistrates in custody and admitted charges of aggravated vehicle-taking and driving while disqualified and without insurance.

He had been banned from driving for a year in May for a drink-driving offence committed in Manchester Road, Buxton, in January.

He was handed an eight-week jail sentence but it was suspended for a year.

He also received a one-year probation supervision order and a new, one-year driving ban, with £85 costs.

Defence solicitor Kevin Tomlinson said Burgess was recently laid off at work at Ferodo, Chapel-en-le-Frith, and a relationship had ended.

“He hadn’t been able to see his child and it seems that the combination of these factors and debts had led to him feeling down,” Mr Tomlinson explained.

“He took the car in the early hours. While he was out his step-father became concerned that he had taken it, and he agreed to go to the police station.”

He added: “There doesn’t seem to be any substantial problem between him and his family.”