Banned Springburn driver caught behind the wheel of a stolen car is jailed

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A BANNED driver who was caught behind the wheel of a stolen car while under the influence of booze has been jailed.

Gary Noon, 29, appeared at Glasgow Sheriff Court this week charged with reset, driving whilst disqualified, without insurance, and drink driving.

On February 21, 2023, witnesses were on a farm in Bishopbriggs when a car drove down the track and came to a stop.

They made observations regarding the manner of driving and had reason to call the police when seeing the vehicle leave.

Noon, from Springburn, was driving the car, with three passengers inside.

Prosecutor Jeremy O’Neill said: “Police attended and conducted an area search for the accused. This resulted in the accused being traced on Kenmure Avenue, Bishopbriggs.

“Officers could smell alcohol from the accused’s breath. He failed the roadside breath test. He was conveyed to London Road police office.

“He was cautioned and charged and made no reply. A PNC check revealed he was disqualified from driving and was not insured.

“Whilst enquiries were made to trace the vehicle, police confirmed the true registration of the vehicle. It had been stolen on February 8, 2023.”

Sheriff Patricia Pryce revealed Noon had a criminal record which included crimes such as theft, theft of a motor vehicle, reset, and road traffic offences.

His lawyer said: “He was a long-term prisoner, he ended up in jail for quite a significant period of time. He was released at the beginning of last year. His first sentence was when he was 17 or 18.”

It was revealed that Noon had one outstanding case.

Sheriff Pryce said: “He’s a grown man making one poor decision after another.”

Noon’s lawyer replied: “He can’t continue to behave in this irresponsible way. He has been living with his father trying to help him in any way he can due to his health.

“He has a new partner who is pregnant.”

Sheriff Pryce told Noon: “You were on supervised bail when you committed these offences.

“What I’m confronted with is someone with a horrendous record and directly analogous matters. You’ve been given every opportunity. Despite that, you still find yourself with further offences.”

Noon was sentenced to six months in prison and was disqualified from driving for 28 months.

The sheriff added: “You got behind the wheel of a car you knew to be stolen.

“You have another child on the way, and you keep saying you want to change your life. This is your chance.”