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Jail for Watford man Chester Williams who gave brother-in-law's name to dodge drink driving charge
Banned driver Chester Williams was jailed for six months on Friday (August 9) after giving the police his brother-in-law's details when he was stopped for drink driving.
Williams, 37, had been disqualified by Watford Magistrates for driving with excess alcohol on April 6, 2009. Five months later, on September 13, he was stopped driving a BMW in the town and was over the limit again.
When officers arrested him, he gave the details of his brother-in-law Jeremy Conde.
He went to court under the other man's name and was banned for 12 months. Had he been prosecuted under his real name, Williams would have been liable for a minimum driving ban of three years as it was his second drink driving offence, said David Chrimes prosecuting at St Albans Crown Court.
Mr Conde was none the wiser until September last year when he was visited by bailiffs in relation to court fines he knew nothing about. He went to Hatfield police station, gave his fingerprints and officers realised he was not the BWM drink driver. Checks were made and Williams was arrested. He made "full and frank admissions," said the prosecutor.
Williams of Durban Road, Watford, pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice.
Defence barrister, Tim Nutley said Williams was "now in a better position in his life" and had gained a place at South Bank University and was studying IT.
At the time of the offence he had been having marital difficulties and had moved out of the home he shared with his teaching assistant wife. He was driving that night after she had called him over to babysit.
He said he was "extremely remorseful".
Recorder Elizabeth Issacs told him: "You wasted a huge amount of public time and money. Perverting the course of justice threatens the public's faith in the system."
In addition to the six month jail term, he was banned form driving for three years and three months and ordered to pay £500 costs.
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