A shameless Wearside dad who "should never be on the roads" gave false details when caught at the wheel while banned.

Nathan Ferguson, 23, pretended to be the pal who had lent him his motor so he could avoid a three-mile walk or bus ride to work.

Ferguson, of Girvan Terrace, Easington Lane, provided cops with his friend’s name and address – and even signed a police form as him.

But his scam was exposed when officers called at his victim’s home and realised they had been duped.

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District Judge Kathryn Meek described Ferguson's driving record as “appalling”, and added: “This man should never be on the roads."

Ferguson was convicted of dangerous driving and jailed for 14 months in 2017, he was jailed for six months for dangerous driving in 2018 and he was jailed in May 2019 for 12 months, with a 30-month road ban, again for dangerous driving.

He was also previously convicted of driving while banned in February 2019.

Despite his history, the judge spared him prison after hearing his offence on Friday, March 27 last year was his last and he had begun to reform.

She instead jailed him for eight weeks, suspended for 12 months, and imposed a fresh six-month driving ban, telling him there had been a “significant step change”.

Ferguson’s driving ban offence came in relation to a 30-month roads’ disqualification, imposed at Newcastle Crown Court in May 2019.

At the same sentencing hearing, he was jailed for a year, South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court was told.

Prosecutor Glenda Beck said: “A male was seen driving a Peugeot 206 in Manor Road at Washington, without a seatbelt.

“He was stopped by police and gave the name Glen Winard and the date of birth of July 8, 1993.

“The vehicle was seized and he was told he was to be reported for no insurance and driving without a licence.

“He signed using the name of G Winard. Mr Winard later contacted police to say that he had received a summons.

‘He said he had not been the driver and had been at home at the time.

“Police attended his address and realised he had not been the driver. Mr Ferguson was identified.”

Ferguson pleaded guilty to driving while disqualified and driving without insurance.

Judge Meek questioned why he had also not been charged with perverting the course of justice over giving false details.

Shaun McFaul, defending, said Ferguson had committed no more crimes and had matured since becoming a father four months ago.

He admitted his client’s driving record was “atrocious”, but added: “Since this offence, his life has changed.

“He’s living with his girlfriend and has a child. He does have a good work ethic and is starting work with a skip hire company.

“At the time of the offence, he was working three miles from his address and a friend usually gave him a lift but on this day couldn’t.

“He borrowed a friend’s car and panicked when he saw the police.”

Judge Meek also ordered Ferguson to do 120 hours of unpaid work and pay a £128 victim surcharge and £85 court costs.

There was no separate penalty for driving without insurance.

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