Northampton man jailed after he stole another man’s identity and racked up driving convictions

Northampton Crown Court NNL-140423-093950001
Northampton Crown Court NNL-140423-093950001

A 52-year-old man from Northampton who has never passed a driving test has been jailed after he admitted using another motorist’s identity to obtain a fake licence.

Steven Allen, of Great Gull Crescent, Southfields, Northampton, found a driving licence belonging to a man called Vincent Monkelt and then sent off an application to the DVLA for a photocard licence using his picture and changed the address to his own.

Northampton Crown Court heard Allen drive round for many years using the fake driving licence, despite the fact he had never passed a driving test.

Gary Short, prosecuting, said Allen racked up a number of penalty points and speeding fines and failed to surrender the licence after reaching the maximum 12 points in July 2013.

Allen was caught by Northamptonshrie Police on November 17 last year when he was spotted acting suspiciously in the Lidl car park in Weston Favell.

Mr Short said officers approached Allen’s car and, after a search of the vehicle, they found a total of £2,549 worth of drugs, including cocaine, cannabis and amphetamines.

Allen initially maintained his name was Vincent Monkelt and used the fake driving licence as proof.

But he later pleaded guilty to possessing a fake identity document, perverting the course of justice and possessing Class A and Cass B drugs.

Judge Timothy Smith sentenced Allen to 42 months in prison. He is likely to serve half of his sentence in jail and the rest on licence.