REPEATEDLY driving while disqualified ended with a prison sentence for one Dunfermline man this week.

Daniel Lyons, 29, was spotted behind the wheel by police officers and ran off when they attempted to stop him.

He appeared for sentencing at Dunfermline Sheriff Court last Wednesday after previously admitting that on January 21 last year, at Skye Road, he drove while disqualified and without insurance.

The court heard that police officers saw Lyons, of Iona Road, driving after noticing the vehicle he was in didn't have number plates and had a different-coloured bumper.

They activated their blue lights and he eventually turned into a lane leading to a shop loading area and ran off towards a block of flats.

The vehicle was removed from the area because of a lack of insurance.

Defence solicitor Gordon Martin said his client had received a period of custody previously for the same offence but his life was now on a "more even keel".

He told the court: "The distance he drove is fairly short and he cannot explain why he chose to drive but he did.

"He was diagnosed with depression and anxiety while in prison in August. He appears to have improved as a result of medication given to him at that stage and has now managed to obtain employment.

"He is therefore in his best ever position to avoid coming to the adverse attention of the courts in the future."

Sheriff Charles Macnair said Lyons had got behind the wheel despite his previous convictions for driving while disqualified.

"You have been sentenced to community payback orders, restriction of liberty orders and custody as well but these seem to have done nothing for your rate of offending," he told him.

"In my view, there is no appropriate alternative but custody."

He jailed him for 170 days and banned him from driving for five years.

For driving without insurance, he fined him £280, however, his solicitor asked for no time to pay which means he will serve an additional 14 days in prison instead.