A LITHUANIAN man who feared he would be sent to prison pretended to be someone else when the police questioned him.
Aurimas Daukna gave an officer a driving licence belonging to another person, saying he was that person, and the car he was driving was registered and insured in his name.
At Truro Magistrates' Court Daukna, 31, of Quillet Road, Newlyn, was jailed for 14 weeks and banned from driving for ten months after pleading guilty to using a false driving licence to induce a person to accept it as genuine, obtaining insurance by a false statement, using a vehicle without insurance, having an inappropriate driving licence, being in charge of a vehicle when he was over the alcohol limit and obstructing an officer.
Jill Wilson, for the prosecution, said a member of staff at McDonalds, Hayle, had reported him as a suspected drink-driver. He failed a roadside breath test, later testing at 75mcg, more than twice the limit, and gave a false name, using a Lithuanian driving licence with those details to support it. When he was finger-printed it was realised he was not who he said he was.
In an interview he said he misled the police as he feared he would be sent to prison.
He took out the insurance in the wrong name because he knew he would not get it in his own because of his previous convictions which included driving while disqualified, without insurance and fraud with a tax disc.
Fred Howell, for the defence, said Daukna worked as a fork lift driver earning £250 a week.