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17 March 2017, 07:18
A 6ft 6ins car dealer has avoided jail, after he was accused of driving, while stood up across the Tyne Bridge
Adam Elliott, 26, from Newcastle admitted dangerous driving - after he was seen showing off in convertible Ford KA - for which he's been given a 9 month sentence, suspended for 18 months.
He's banned from driving for two years.
He must also pay a £100 fine and £1500 in court costs, and complete 150 hours of unpaid work.
The court heard he was sat on top of the upright part of the drivers seat - steering the vehicle with his knees.
Sentencing, he was told by the judge: "You showed a total disregard for other people, a total disregard for other road users.
"It's about time you grew up."
Elliott, who ran I Buy Any Car North East, has a string of previous convictions, including 13 of driving while disqualified, and 18 without insurance.
CCTV of Elliot on the Tyne Bridge
First posted: Friday 17th March, 7:11am
Adam Elliott, 26, from Newcastle, admitted dangerous driving after he was seen showing off in a Ford Ka convertible as he crossed the Tyne Bridge.
Despite his guilty plea, he later told reporters he was not stood up and claimed it only appeared that way because he was so tall and his head was poking above the windscreen.
Elliott, who runs I Buy Any Car North East, said he had been delivering the vehicle to a customer.
At a hearing at Newcastle Crown Court in January, Judge Robert Adams said: "It was pretty obvious you were showing off, demonstrating your height to people in an open top small car.
"You were clearly distracting other drivers. It was a dangerous thing to do.''
The incident took place in January 2016, when Elliott drove along the Felling Bypass in Gateshead before making his way over the Tyne Bridge.
The court heard he had 12 previous convictions of driving while disqualified.
Judge Adams gave him an interim driving ban of 12 months prior to sentencing.