A 21-year-old motoring menace is back behind bars again after he was caught driving while banned for a shocking SIXTH time. mitchell Bird, of Cedar Road, Castle Gresley, has been jailed for the fourth time after he admitted driving while disqualified just days after his release from prison for a similar offence.
Derbyshire Police have again slammed his actions saying he showed complete disregard for court orders and put other road users at risk.
In a shocking spree of criminal behaviour on the roads, Southern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court heard that Bird was spotted driving in Meadow View Road, Newhall, while banned and without insurance, on July 8, and again in High Street, Newhall, on July 18.
The Burton Mail previously reported that Bird was spotted in Newhall on May 4, just weeks after he had been released from prison for a similar offence, which he had committed in October and had been jailed for 26 weeks and banned from the roads for 36 months.
For the offence on May 4 he was jailed for 18 weeks. However, just eight weeks later, by July 8, he was out of prison and driving again – flaunting his banned.
For his latest offence, Bird was jailed for a total of 26 weeks because he has shown a 'wilful disregard' of previous court orders and had just been released from prison for the same offence, magistrates decided.
He was also ordered to pay a £115 victim surcharge and was banned from driving, again, for 36 months.
It comes as the Burton Mail reported, in January, that Bird had been caught driving a Ford Puma, in Darklands Road, Swadlincote, on October 28, while banned from driving. He also admitted failing to stop for a police officer.
For this offence he was jailed for 26 weeks as he was in possession of a knife and due to his record of repeat offences, magistrates decided. He was also banned from driving for 36 months then.
In December, last year, it was reported that Bird was stopped by police community support officers (PCSOs) while he was seen driving in Newhall, on Sunday, December 4. Appearing before magistrates, Bird was sentenced to 16 weeks imprisonment in a young offenders' institution.
Magistrates also invoked a further 16-week suspended sentence which was imposed on Bird when he was convicted of the same offence in November last year.
The Burton Mail also previously reported that Bird admitted driving a vehicle in Plummer Road, Newhall, on July 30, last year, while banned from driving and without insurance. He also admitted breaching a community order imposed by the courts for taking a vehicle without consent. He was given a suspended sentence and banned from driving for 12 months.
Of his latest offence, a spokesman for Derbyshire Police said: “Mitchell Bird was disqualified from driving when he decided to get behind the wheel again and head out onto the roads.
"Not only is this a clear disregard of a court order but also to drive without insurance puts other motorists and road users at unnecessary and unacceptable risk. Anyone involved in a collision with an uninsured driver will face having to foot the repair bill themselves.
"Driving bans are imposed for a reason and this conviction clearly shows that anyone ignoring them will face further action and could very well end up in jail."