AN IRAQI who crashed his car into a wall while banned from driving has been told he will be jailed if he flouts the law again.
Borhun Abdullah, of Witton Street, Northwich, told magistrates he didn't understand British law and thought his driving ban applied only in Stoke-on-Trent, where he received it.
The 23-year-old was given one last chance by Vale Royal magistrates when he appeared before them on Thursday, receiving a suspended jail sentence, meaning that if he reoffends within the next year he'll be jailed for four months.
He was spotted driving by police at 5.30am on January 14 in Northwich with no headlights on. He was on his way to work.
They saw him drive on the wrong side of the road before crashing into a wall of a house in James Street.
Abdullah, who needed an interpreter in court, was disqualified from driving for two years by magistrates in Stoke-on-Trent on December 9.
Derek McDonald, defending, said: 'My client has a very limited understanding of English - his interpretation was that he was only disqualified in the area where the offence was committed and not throughout the whole country.
'He works as a packer and custody would mean he would lose both his employment and his accommodation.'
Abdullah pleaded guilty to driving while disqualified, using an uninsured motor vehicle and driving without due care and attention. On top of the suspended sentence, he was banned from driving for two years, given a 12-month supervision order and fined a total of £270.