A BANNED motorist was caught behind the wheel while disqualified – for the fifth time.
Police offficers on patrol stopped Tony Fada after spotting him travelling through Nevison Avenue, South Shields.
The 26-year-old admitted he was barred from the road after being arrested.
Fada, of Hardyards Court, South Shields, pleaded guilty to driving while disqualified and using a motor vehicle without insurance at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court yesterday.
Magistrates asked for a probation report to be completed on Fada before he is sentenced.
Jonathan Moore, prosecuting, said: “At 3pm on Wednesday, April 30, officers were on duty travelling along Nevison Avenue when they saw a red Peugeot being driven by a man they identified as Fada, who is disqualified from driving.
“He made a turn into King George Road and pulled into a petrol station, When spoken to by the police, he confirmed he was disqualified from driving and was subsequently arrested.
“He said the vehicle was owned by his mother-in-law.”
Christopher Brown, defending, said: “He has entered an imediate guilty plea and made full admissions and fully co-operated with the police.”
Irene Lavender, chairwoman of the magistrates, said: “This is your fifth offence of driving while disqualified.
“We are asking for the probation service to make a report on you.”
Fada was baned from driving for 46 months in January 2012 after stealing a pal’s Volkswagen Golf and then picking up two teenage girls and driving to County Durham – while more than twice over the limit.
He was jailed for 18 weeks as well as being handed the 46-month driving ban.
Fada will be back at the court for sentencing on June 16 after the probation report is compiled.