Banned driver who fled from police had a knuckle duster capable of causing 'serious damage'
A banned driver was carrying a weapon when he was caught behind the wheel.
Muhon Miah tried to run away when a police officer pulled him over on West Park Road in South Shields last August.
But Newcastle Crown Court heard the 19-year-old was quickly caught and was found to be carrying a knuckle duster and a small amount of cannabis.
Miah, of St Jude's Terrace, South Shields, admitted having an offensive weapon and possession of cannabis.
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He was convicted by magistrates of driving while disqualified and having no insurance.
Miss Recorder Sophie Drake described the knuckle duster as a "nasty weapon", and told Miah: "To go out into the street with a knuckle duster, which you know can cause serious damage, is very serious."
Miah was sentenced to a community order for 12 months with programme and rehabilitation requirements.
David Comb, defending, said the court process has been a "chastening experience" for Miah.