He claimed that he had bought the car so his friend could drive it

A Newcastle builder was arrested after crashing his car, less than three weeks after being banned from the roads.

Valerij Jurkian, 38, was sentenced on May 30 following a drunk driving incident. Just 18 days later he was identified at a crash on Scot Hay Road.

It was later confirmed that he lacked both a licence and insurance.

According a pre-sentence report, Mr Jurkian bought his car so that a friend could drive him to and from work. He claimed that he decided to drive home himself when his friend was unavailable.

“He has learned his lesson the hard way,” said Zoe Leese, mitigating.

The report continued: “He admits that he should not have been driving and is aware of the consequences and harm to other road users and the wider public.”

“A police officer went to the scene of a road traffic collision on Scot Hay Road,” said Steve Knowles, prosecuting. “When he arrived he spoke to the defendant who identified himself as one of the drivers.

"The officer used an interpreter and in the interview the defendant admitted not having insurance for the vehicle and he held a Lithuanian driving licence which he lost five years ago and hadn’t replaced.”

Mr Jurkian pleaded guilty to driving while disqualified and driving without insurance. He was sentenced to 180 hours of unpaid work, along with a fresh two year driving ban.

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