A 53-year-old north man was jailed for five months after admitting driving while disqualified for the third time.
Inverness Sheriff Court heard that Kenneth Scott, of 1 Lochmor Cottages, Gorthleck, committed the offence on the B851 south Loch Ness road at Croachy on May 12, just two months after receiving his second driving ban two months earlier.
He also admitted driving without insurance.
Depute fiscal Stewart Maciver said police saw Scott behind the wheel of his vehicle and when they stopped him a check revealed he was a disqualified driver. As a result he had no insurance cover.
Scott’s solicitor, John MacColl said his client was unemployed and cared for his partner and his last offence for driving while disqualified was in 2009.
“While it’s obviously a serious matter to repeat the offence, there is a gap and he has committed a small number of offences in the last three or four years.”
Sheriff David Sutherland noted that Scott had been disqualified on March 18 for two years – two months prior to the latest offence.
“Given your history and you were only disqualified a couple of months before, custody is the only appropriate sentence,” he said.
He jailed Scott for five months, disqualified him from driving for five years and ordered Scott to resit an extended driving test before getting his licence back.