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Drunk fake licence man fined
A MOTORIST who was caught driving up Cornmarket Street in Oxford while over the alcohol limit and holding a fake Belgian driving licence has avoided jail.
Saad El Ouazzani Chadhdi, of Balfour Road, Blackbird Leys, was arrested driving the wrong way up the street at 2.25am on May 21 this year.
Meryl Hughes, prosecuting, said the 26-year-old barman and waiter was drunk and tried to pass off a fake Belgian driving licence as his own when he was arrested.
On Tuesday in Oxford Crown Court he pleaded guilty to possessing a counterfeit identity document with intent, drink-driving, driving without insurance and driving without a licence.
The father-of-two is a Moroccan national, Miss Hughes said, and when tested had 59 micrograms of alcohol in 100ml of breath – above the legal limit of 35 micrograms.
She added that he had also made sure his car was registered in the same name as the fake driving licence he was carrying.
Miss Hughes told Judge Patrick Eccles that Chadhdi had told police he bought the counterfeit document in London for £100.
Claire Fraser, defending, said her client had a visa which would allow him to remain in the country until 2016.
She said: “He acquired this driving licence in order that he could drive and in order that he could obtain employment.
“He has been here for 10 years and has never been in any trouble before.”
Judge Eccles sentenced Chadhdi to a six-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, with 200 hours of unpaid work.
He was also told to pay £250 costs and an £80 victims’ surcharge.
Judge Eccles said: “These cases usually include an attempt to avoid immigration control, but it appears that yours is not such a case.
“On the other hand, you were in possession of a fake driving licence. You acquired it because you failed your driving test.”