A BANNED driver, caught doing the school run just days after being released from prison on bail, has been sent back to jail.
The 37-year-old had been disqualified for five years in November 2008, after he sped away from police in a stolen car at night, with the lights off, and smashed into another vehicle.
But officers caught him behind the wheel of a van on November 7, dropping his children off at school in Solihull.
He was jailed for 12 weeks the very same day at Solihull Magistrates Court after admitting driving whilst disqualified and without insurance.
Investigating officer PC Mark Delaney from Solihull Police, said: "People are disqualified from driving for a reason often because its deemed they are potentially a danger to other road users or pedestrians.
"It's not acceptable for motorists to only adhere to the bans when it suits them and to jump behind the wheel occasionally, even for a matter of minutes to nip to the shops or give someone a lift.
"We know who is banned, officers look out for them when on patrol, and the number plates of cars used by banned drivers are uploaded to police systems; if they pass ANPR cameras officers will be alerted.
"People who get behind knowing full well they are banned run the risk of further punishment and possible jail."
The man had been imprisoned pending police inquiries and had only been released on November 2, on bail, after being arrested for his alleged involvement in a Castle Bromwich burglary the week before.