AUDLEY: Defendant Mark Oulton, of Barthomley Road, Audley, has been handed a community order after he pleaded guilty to driving while disqualified and without insurance.
North Staffordshire magistrates yesterday heard the 42-year-old was already banned from driving until April 2013 when he was seen driving a Ford Pick-up in Lowfield Drive, Wolstanton, on December 10.
Oulton told the court he has someone who drives for him, but the vehicle was making a noise so he jumped in to see what was wrong.
Magistrates told Oulton he came very close to being sent to prison.
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But they sentenced him to a 12-month community order with 12 months of supervision and 19 sessions of thinking skills.
Oulton, who was disqualified from driving for three years, was also told to pay £85 costs and a £60 surcharge.
SILVERDALE: Liam Bernard has been sentenced to a 12-month conditional discharge for a public order offence.
The 23-year-old was seen vomiting in a bin in Newcastle town centre on December 10 and was abusive to a police officer, North Staffordshire magistrates heard yesterday.
Bernard, of Bath Road, Silverdale, pleaded guilty to using threatening words or behaviour under section five of the Public Order Act.
Gary Corbett, mitigating, said Bernard apologises for his behaviour.
The defendant was also ordered by the court to pay £85 costs.
HANLEY: The case of a 29-year-old man has been adjourned after he failed to appear at court.
Ryan Whitehurst was due to appear at North Staffordshire Justice Centre yesterday to be re-sentenced for fraud after Staffordshire and West Midlands Probation Service applied to revoke a previous community order.
The application to revoke the order was made due to Whitehurst's persistent ill-health.
But the court heard Whitehurst, of Chell Street, Hanley, was not well enough to attend yesterday's hearing.
Instead, Whitehurst's case was adjourned until January 7.