A “CON-MAN” was jailed after pretending to be on an urgent organ donor mission when caught speeding on a Merseyside motorway.
Neil Cooke, 43, was told he was lucky not to be imprisoned for longer after he was found guilty of obstructing a police officer, as well as speeding, having no insurance and an illegal blue light in his car.
Constable Ross Sheriff told Birkenhead Magistrates Court he was on patrol and had seen a Subaru "travelling well in excess of 70mph" on the M53 just before 6am on March 7, 2012. The officer followed the car and found it was doing 110mph.
He stopped the car on the roundabout of Junction Four, near Clatterbridge, and Cooke, of Old Chester Road, in Birkenhead, told the officer he was a doctor and had received an urgent call to go to Arrowe Park to "collect an organ".
The police officer said: "I was extremely conscious that there could be some type of medical emergency and therefore offered to follow Cooke to Arrowe Park."
The court heard no one at the hospital was expecting Cooke, and the only organ needing a delivery that night was in Blackpool.
Cooke still insisted he was on an emergency call, but the court heard he was unable to provide evidence of this. He also claimed the police had mistaken his speed or confused his car with another.
District Judge Michael Abelson said he found it difficult to understand why the defendant had made no effort to prove he had been sent for a donor organ. He said: "You have made no attempt whatsoever to inquire into this most fundamental part of the case – because it's an invention. You made all this up."
Finding him guilty of all charges, Judge Abelson said: "This was a deliberate attempt to subvert justice."
The court then heard Cooke had numerous convictions for attempting to obtain property by deception and driving offences dating back to 1987.
Judge Abelson said: "You were a con man," and Cooke admitted his list of previous convictions was "horrendous" and added: "I was in these courts more than the magistrates", but insisted he had turned his life around.
Cooke was jailed for 28 days and banned from driving for 12 months.