Innocent man invited onto offender programme after driver twice gave false details

James Roberts 38, of Daisy Road, Brynteg, Wrexham, was jailed for a total of eight months for committing acts with intent to pervert the course of public justice
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A disqualified driver who was stopped by police gave them false details twice. James Roberts was driving a Vauxhall van when he was pulled over and then a BMW car a few months later and told an officer he was "Craig Myers" on both occasions.

Mr Myers was the registered keeper of one of the vehicles and was invited to come to an interview but was completely innocent, Mold Crown Court heard. A judge told Roberts, who falls to be sentenced next month for other driving offences, that he had shown a disregard for court orders.

He jailed him for a total of eight months for two counts of committing acts intended to pervert the course of public justice. The court heard that Roberts, 38, of Daisy Road, Brynteg, Wrexham, had been banned from driving for three years in November 2021 for offences including driving with excess alcohol.

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Prosecutor Catherine Elvin said a police officer stopped a red Vauxhall van which was going too quickly on March 7 last year. The driver gave the name of Craig Myers, who was the registered keeper.

Mr Myers was invited to two appointments with Checkpoint, a voluntary adult offender programme which addresses the underlying causes of "offending behaviour". In May 2023 Mr Myers contacted the officer to say he had received a letter but that he hadn't been the driver.

The officer checked the phone number provided by the Vauxhall van driver and found it belonged to Roberts. She also found a photo and recognised Roberts.

Then on July 13 a BMW car in Wrexham came up on the Automatic Number Plate Recognition system. The driver said he was Craig Myers but it was really Roberts again.

Philip Tully, defending, said his client knows what he did was wrong, adding: "Thankfully, no other person was prosecuted as a result of his actions." But the judge His Honour Rhys Rowlands condemned Roberts' behaviour.

He said: "It's plain to me that (you were) quite determined to just ignore the court order disqualifying you and just carry on driving regardless because it suited you to do so." He had sought "to mislead police and get away with it by giving another person's details".

But he added: "I'm afraid each of us are subject to the law. None of us can pick and choose whether we comply with court orders."

Deliberately lying in this way "strikes at the heart of the system of justice we have in this country," said the judge. He jailed him for six months and two months for each of the perverting the course of justice offences.

There was no separate penalty for two offences of driving whilst disqualified. But he was banned from driving for 16 months.

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