A tall driver from Newcastle has been given a provisional driving ban for driving with his head above the upper level of a convertible’s windscreen. Six foot seven inch Adam Elliott entered a guilty plea to charges of dangerous driving at Newcastle Crown Court.
Prosecutors alleged the 26-year-old was standing up and driving the convertible Ford Ka, but Mr Elliott said his height made it look like he was standing. He added that he had only pleaded guilty to the charge so that he could get it over and done with and get on with his life.
Prior to the hearing, lawyer Nick Cartmell said his client had insisted he had not been standing behind the wheel and was in full control of the vehicle. He noted that the sheer size of Mr Elliott in so tiny a car would have been similar to a giant behind the wheel in Noddy’s car.
In mitigation, Mr Elliott explained he was a car dealer and had been driving the diminutive Ford Ka to a customer. He also said he was a very good driver and brought along photographs which showed how big he was in relation to his car.
Judge Robert Adams was indifferent and noted that it seemed fairly obvious the defendant had been boasting about how big he was in a small convertible. The judge finished off by saying the stunt was dangerous and Elliott would initially be disqualified from driving for 12 months and final sentencing would be in February.