A brazen OAP with one of Britain's worst driving records has been caught behind the wheel while banned for an 11th time – but says he doesn't care.
Reckless Richard Ackerman, 68, has a history of fines and jail terms.
The pensioner holds a string of convictions for motoring offences – but claims to be "above the law".
The road menace was five months into his latest three-year restriction when he was found in his beaten-up L-plate Rover 75 on April 6.
Ackerman told officers he had been trying to move the car 30 metres from his driveway to a nearby garage – even though he was disqualified and had no MOT.
In a bizarre police interview, Ackerman accepted he was banned but claimed he simply didn't care.
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."
Pauline Lambert, prosecuting, told Swindon Magistrates' Court Ackerman had ten previous convictions for driving while disqualified.
The latest, 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, of Acacia Grove, Swindon, Wilts, pleaded guilty to 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.
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."
Nicola Smailes, defending, said her client had long suffered from mental health problems.
Adding that her client was remorseful, Miss Smailes said: "Really, life is more stable now than it has ever been – and certainly since the 1980s."
Magistrates also ordered that Ackerman complete up to 20 rehabilitation activity days and pay £175 in costs and surcharge.
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