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Richard McAlpine drove with both legs in plaster

A banned driver who was caught behind the wheel of a car with both legs in plaster has been jailed for six months.

Richard McAlpine, 47, from Glasgow, had never re-taken his test after being handed a five-year driving ban for a previous offence in 2006.

Despite being on crutches after suffering two broken ankles in a fall, he was caught driving near Neilston, East Renfrewshire, on 27 May 2013.

At Paisley Sheriff Court, McAlpine was also given another five-year ban.

McAlpine had been banned from driving on two previous occasions in 2003 and 2006.

Third conviction

Jailing him, Sheriff Colin Pettigrew said: "This is your third conviction for driving while disqualified and as such, there can only be one disposal here today."

The court heard how McAlpine had been at the home of a relative when he took the keys to his aunt's car and drove off following an argument.

Police were informed and stopped him a short time later.

McAlpine later admitted driving while disqualified for a third time and also pleaded guilty to having no insurance and behaving in a threatening or abusive manner by shouting, swearing and uttering threats.

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