A DRINK-driver who gave his uncle’s name when he was stopped by police in Sutton Bridge has been jailed for four months.
Momodou Ceesay (24) was pulled over in Bridge Road after officers noticed one of his lights was not working and he was driving erratically.
Lincoln Crown Court heard Ceesay failed a breath test and gave the false name because he had overstayed his visitors visa from Ghana and feared he would be deported.
The court was told Ceesay maintained the lie during police interview after a blood test showed he was just over the drink-drive limit. He then went missing after being granted bail.
Stephen Coupland, prosecuting, told the court officers discovered Ceesay’s true identity after they traced his uncle and found documentation with his real name on.
Ceesay, of no fixed address, was eventually arrested and admitted perverting the course of justice, driving with excess alcohol and having no insurance after he was stopped on 10 June, this year.
Liz Hart, mitigating, told the court Ceesay had built up a family life and successful career in the music industry after arriving in the UK.
Miss Hart said: “He came in 2007 on a visitors visa, met and married an English girl, and they have a daughter.
“Unless a final appeal is successful he stands to be removed from the UK.
“For that reason when he was stopped by the police he gave the first name that came into his head which was his uncle’s.”
Passing sentence Judge Michael Heath told Ceesay: “Perverting the course of justice is a serious matter which can only result in a prison sentence.”
Judge Heath said he would leave the issue of deportation to the Border Agency.