A very tall man who was showing off by driving his car with his knees while in a standing position has been fined and ordered to do rehabilitation activity.
Adam Elliott, who is 6ft 6in, was reprimanded by a judge for his "stupidity" after CCTV footage showed him driving while standing up.
He was driving a Ford Ka, which he was selling.
The 26-year-old admitted dangerous driving at a previous hearing. He was handed a nine-month jail term, suspended for 18 months and hit with a £100 fine and £1,500 prosecution costs.
He will be disqualified from driving for two years and will carry out 150 hours of rehabilitation activity.
The judge said he was "just persuaded" to suspend the sentence, but told him to grow up.
Mr Elliott's barrister Nick Cartmell said: "It was an act of complete buffoonery.
"It was an act of extreme foolishness."
According to the prosecution, another driver spotted Mr Elliott's unusual and dangerous driving and was so shocked he gave the police a running commentary as he followed him.
Kevin Wardlaw, prosecuting, said: "At various times the defendant had his knees either side of the steering wheel, steering with his knees.
"At various times he waved to passing motorists as their attention was drawn by virtue of his seating position."
The motorist was caught dangerously showing off as he drove through Newcastle city centre with his head well above the windscreen.
Mr Cartmell said Elliott has lost his car sales business and is now a tyre dealer, describing him as "entrepreneurial".
But he also displayed "Big Brotheritis" and was desperate to show off foolishly, the barrister said.
Referring back to his client's behaviour that day, Mr Cartmell said: "He is a big man sitting in a car and he played up to it."
Judge Adams said Elliott's previous denials that he was stood up, claiming the charge was merely a result of being tall, were "total nonsense" and a lie.
He told the defendant: "You are 26, you have a long history of offending.
"It's about time you grew up, took responsibility for your actions and recognise the danger you could cause to other road users by your stupidity."
The Ford Ka's new owner is 6ft 3in, stocky and has no trouble fitting in the vehicle, the court heard.