Fife man jailed after ignoring driving ban six times


A Fife man has been jailed after ignoring a driving ban for the sixth time.

Steven Rough (29), of Central Road, Crombie, has repeatedly ignored his disqualification and appeared for sentencing at Dunfermline Sheriff Court.

He previously admitted that on 17th July at Central Road, he took and drove away a van without having the consent of the owner.

He also admitted driving while disqualified and without insurance.

Depute fiscal Dev Kapadia said police had been contacted by Rough’s partner who was concerned for his well-being.

Officers were told he had taken a quantity of tablets and they stopped him when he was driving a van at 11.20pm.

He also told them he had consumed the tablets and an ambulance was called to take him to hospital. After being treated he was taken back to the police station.

Defence solicitor Sarah Meehan said the six-year disqualification had been imposed in 2012.

“He explains his decision to drive as being the result of poor judgement because of poor mental health at that time,” she added. “He accepts he is the master of his own misfortune.”

Sheriff Craig McSherry pointed out that Rough, a self-employed joiner, had now breached the disqualification six times.

“On this occasion you drove from Glasgow and you have shown a complete disregard for court orders,” he added.

Rough was jailed for eight months and disqualified from driving for ten years.

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