A DAD-of-three caught driving while disqualified again came close to immediately going to prison.

James McGeowan, of Littleworth Street, Evesham and formerly of Highfield Close, Droitwich, was caught driving when he was banned on November 30 less than six months after he originally was disqualified. 

Tom Wickstead, prosecuting, said the 28-year-old was stopped by police outside his then Droitwich home in an Audi A3 on November 30 last year, after checks had revealed his status. 

The defendant told police he had been collecting his daughter and immediately admitted what he had done to officers in the back of the police car. 

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The prosecutor added the offence was aggravated by McGeowan's previous conviction. 

McGeowan, who admitted driving while disqualified and driving without insurance, was represented by Paul Stanley. 

The solicitor told magistrates that on the day McGeowan got a call from a school that his child was ill so he got in the car to collect them. 

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Mr Stanley said: "His thinking skills are not what somebody would expect.

"It was not an offence of drinking or drugs - it was a matter of no consequential thinking."

The prosecutor said McGeowan's relationship with his wife had broken down and he was now living with his mother. 

Mr Stanley added McGeowan, who had been diagnosed with ADHD, had only completed an hour of unpaid work on a previous order but the defendant had told probation he was in a position to now do the work. 

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Jacqueline De Sousa, chairperson of the magistrates bench, told McGeowan they had decided to revoke the previous order, giving him 12 weeks prison suspended for a year. 

McGeowan was ordered to do 180 hours of unpaid work - the chairperson adding: "You must co-operate fully this time".

McGeowan was disqualified from driving for 15 months being warned if he drove while disqualified a third time he could expect to go to jail. 

The defendant was also ordered to pay £135 costs and £154 victim surcharge. 

The case was heard at Worcester Magistrates Court on Thursday, (February 29).