AN uninsured driver gave false details to police after he was stopped for using his mobile phone at the wheel.
Christopher Boseley-Yemm, 28, gave the name, date of birth and address of a man he went to school with after police stopped him on the M621 in Leeds.
Leeds Crown Court heard Boseley-Yemm only had a provisional licence when he was stopped in his work van on the motorway on November 29 last year.
John Bull, prosecuting, said the man named by Boseley-Yemm received a prosecution notice at his home but contacted authorities to inform them that he had not committed any offence.
Boseley-Yemm, of Nesfield View, Belle Isle, was traced as he had given a fingerprint when he was stopped.
He was arrested and told officers he had panicked because he knew he was not insured to be driving the van.
He pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice, having no insurance, no licence and using a mobile phone while driving. Narinder Rathour, mitigating, said the father-of-two worked hard to support his family and they would suffer if he was given an immediate prison sentence. Describing the offence he said: “It was the first thing that came into his head. He knew at the moment he provided his fingerprint to the officer that it would come back to him but he did not have the courage to own up at that stage.”
Boseley-Yemm was given a four-month prison sentence, suspended for 12 months. He was also ordered to do 160 hours unpaid work.
Judge Sally Cahill, QC, said: “I take the view that this is an extremely serious offence.
“You should think how you would feel if you got a notice of intended prosecution when it was not you who had done it.
“People should not behave this way and put others in trouble.”