Pair jailed for driving with counterfeit licences
A pair of cauliflower pickers have been jailed after they used forged driving licences to hide their true identities.
Andrius Sleinius and Andrius Macevicius paid £100 and £130 online for the fake Lithuanian licences, which carried their own photos but other people's names.
Sleinius needed a licence because he was banned from driving in Britain for two breathalyser offences, while Macevicius was on the run from the police for alleged shoplifting in Birmingham.
They were both arrested after their car was stopped at Cullompton on the M5 and police became suspicious about their documents.
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The two men, both aged 32 and living at Barncoose Terrace, Illogan Highway, near Redruth, admitted having false identity papers and Sleinius also admitted driving while disqualified and without insurance.
He was jailed for eight months and Macevicius for five months by Recorder Mr Brian Lett, QC, at Exeter Crown Court.
David Bowen, prosecuting, said the two men were arrested on the M5 at Cullompton in September and said they were on the way to the airport.
Sleinius produced a forged licence and when police questioned its authenticity and told him he could not drive Macevicius offered to drive and produced a licence which also turned out to be a forgery.
They said they had bought the licences, Sleinius said he paid £100 for his and Macevius £130.
Rupert Taylor, for Sleinius, said he did not have a long criminal record and at the time was living near Redruth where he worked picking cauliflowers. He was driving to give his friend a lift to the airport.
Julia Cox, for Macevicius, said he had a £200-a-week job as a picker and got the licence because he needed it to work.