AN UNINSURED driver who crashed and then reported his car stolen to avoid getting into trouble has been given a suspended sentence.
Robert White smashed his Citroen into the back of a woman’s Vauxhall Astra.
The woman wasn’t hurt but her car was damaged so White gave her his phone number.
But when she tried to call him it turned out White had deliberately given the wrong number.
Luckily she had taken down his number plate and she contact the police who wrote to White, asking who was driving.
The crash happened in Warsash Road, Warsash, on April 22 and more than a month later, on May 25, White finally called the police to say his car had been stolen and he hadn’t seen it in weeks.
But the 27-year-old was arrested two weeks later as officers saw him driving the Citroen in Holbrook Road, Portsmouth.
He initially gave a fake name and then tried to run away but the police kept hold of him and White told them the whole story.
White, of Wayfarer Close, Warsash, pleaded guilty at Portsmouth Crown Court to perverting the course of justice, driving without due care and attention and two counts of driving without insurance.
White was given a 26-week prison sentence, suspended for two years, and was ordered to do 120 hours of community service.
Judge Ian Pearson said: ‘As you appreciate, perverting the course of justice in the way that you did is a serious matter.’
White was also banned from driving for a year, fined £200 and told to pay £315 in costs.