A banned driver with a record of almost 300 convictions, including around 150 for driving offences, was jailed for two years after he stole tools and was twice caught driving again.
A prosecuting lawyer told Belfast Crown Court that police spotted Terence Maughan, from Abyssinia Street in west Belfast, driving a Ford Mondeo on the Falls Road on December 3 last year but were unable to stop him because of the traffic.
They caught up with him the next day when the car was being driven by his brother-in-law, Martin Gerard Maughan (35), also from Abyssinia Street.
The lawyer told the court that later that day officers received a report of tools being stolen from the back of a van parked on the York Road and when they watched the CCTV footage they saw the same car was involved. Officers were able to identify that Terence Maughan (30) was the driver while Martin Maughan smashed the rear window and stole the tools.
The court also heard on June 10 this year Terence Maughan drove a Hyundai Lantra at a police car that tried to stop him at Joanmount Park.
Both men pleaded guilty to theft of the tools and causing criminal damage to the van. Terence Maughan pleaded guilty to two counts of driving while disqualified, two of driving without insurance and one of dangerous driving.