A pensioner with one of the UK’s worst driving records has been banned from the roads for the 11th time.
Richard Ackerman has been branded a ‘menace’ after he declared that he was above the law.
The OAP, 68, has a history of fines, jail terms and even leading police on a chase.
He was five months into his latest three-year restriction when he was caught behind the wheel in April.
Ackerman, of Swindon, Wiltshire, told officers he had been trying to move his L-plate Rover vehicle 30 metres from his driveway to a nearby garage.
He accepted he was disqualified and had no MOT but claimed he simply did not care.
Magistrates heard he said he ‘didn’t give a monkeys about the law’ adding: ‘The life I’m living is way beyond anything to do with the law.’
Prosecutor Pauline Lambert told Swindon magistrates’ court that Ackerman has ten previous convictions for driving whilst disqualified.
One, in November 2018, saw him jailed after leading police on a chase in Cornwall that only ended when a stinger brought his vehicle to a jolting halt.
Ackerman pleaded guilty to the latest charges – driving while disqualified, driving without insurance or a MOT.
He was given a 12-month community order, fined £100 and had six months added to his driving ban.
He was also ordered to complete 20 rehabilitation activity days and pay £175 in costs.
Chairman of the bench Jane Flew said: ‘You have an appalling history of driving whilst disqualified.
‘You are a menace to other road users because despite lengthy bans, prison sentences and community orders you still meddle with cars and are tempted to get behind the wheel of a car.’
Defending, Nicola Smailes said that Ackerman had a long history of mental health problems and he was remorseful.
She added: ‘Really, life is more stable now than it has ever been – and certainly since the 1980s.’