A learner driver caught without L plates and insurance ended up getting his brother prosecuted when he gave police the wrong name.
Christian Cullinane perverted the course of justice when he told officers he was his brother, John.
Gloucester Crown Court heard the 22-year-old never realised his brother would get into trouble when he pretended to be him.
Cullinane of Edenwall in Coleford was given a 16 week jail sentence, suspended for 12 months, after admitting providing details of another to prevent the prosecution of a motoring offence on August 25, last year.
The court heard PC Nick Wheeler pulled over the driver on a provisional licence in Lark Rise in the Forest of Dean town.
Prosecutor Julian Kesner said Cullinane should have had L plates and insurance when he was stopped driving his girlfriend’s car.
He said: “He gave his brother’s details. Proceedings were brought against the defendant’s brother for no insurance that started in magistrates’ court and they proceeded in his brother’s absence.
“He was found guilty of driving the car without insurance.
“The DVLA wrote to his brother asking for his licence to put the points on and that was the first he had ever heard of it.
“The conviction was put aside, but his brother had gone to the police.
“PC Wheeler made inquiries and he recognised the defendant as the man he stopped.
“When he was asked his response was ‘I have no idea, it was such a long time ago’.
“In interview he told the police officer ‘it is your word against mine really’. He went on to say ‘what is the quickest option?’ and said he would admit it was him driving so he could get the interview over and done with so he could drive home.”
Defending Tim Greaves said it was a little lie that then exploded.
He said: “If he had known at the time how serious it would be, he would not have done it.
“The lie he told police was a spur of the moment thing. He had a few minutes to consider what he was going to do. He thought nothing of what happened, which showed his immaturity.
“Six months later was the first he heard of it and he admitted it to his brother.
“He never realised how much trouble he was in.”
Along with the suspended sentence, Judge William Hart ordered Cullinane carry out 140 hours of unpaid work and pay £200 costs.
Judge Hart told him: “I hope you take this chance because if you do not, you will be letting a lot of people down, including this court.”