Newcastle motorist caught driving stood up told: 'Grow up'

Bethany Minelle, News Reporter

A 6ft 6in man who drove through Newcastle city centre while standing up and steering with his knees, has narrowly avoided being sent to jail.

Adam Elliott, 26, who admitted dangerous driving, had previously claimed that he had not been standing up and the charge was merely a result of being tall.

The judge dismissed this as "total nonsense" and a lie.

Elliott drove the small Ford Ka convertible along the Felling Bypass in Gateshead before making his way over the Tyne Bridge waving to other cars.

He was captured on a traffic camera with his head poking up well above the windscreen. He was also seen sat on the headrest of the car and steering with his knees.

The prosecutor said one driver was so concerned by Elliott's driving that he gave police a running commentary over the phone as he followed him.

When he was stopped by a traffic officer in the city's West End and after initially being jovial he became "aggressive and petulant".

Elliott's own barrister said: "It was an act of complete buffoonery" and described Elliott's need to show off as "Big Brotheritis".

Telling him to "grow up" the judge handed him a nine-month suspended jail sentence and ordered him to carry out 150 hours of rehabilitation activity.

He was also fined £100 and ordered to pay £1,500 prosecution costs.

Elliott had 69 previous convictions, including 13 offences of driving while disqualified, 18 of driving without insurance, thefts, dangerous driving and fraud.

The former car dealer, who has now lost his car sales business and is a tyre dealer, was also disqualified from driving for two years.

During the case it was also noted that the Ford Ka's new owner - who is 6ft 3in and stocky - has no trouble fitting in his new car.

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