A MAN who drove two different cars while disqualified from the road who has "scant regard for court orders" has avoided an immediate jail term.

Christopher Barlow, of Lambley Close, Leigh, was sentenced at Liverpool Magistrates' Court.

Barlow, 35, admitted to driving twice while disqualified and to obstructing a police officer.

The 35-year-old pleaded guilty to driving an Audi on Market Place, Leigh while disqualified on August 25.

He also admitted to driving the vehicle without insurance.

Meanwhile, Barlow also pleaded guilty to obstructing a police officer in the execution of his duty on that date.

Barlow also pleaded guilty to driving an Insignia on Edge Lane, Liverpool 10 days later on September 4, also while disqualified.

He also pleaded guilty to a charge of driving the Insignia without insurance.

Barlow was given a 16-week prison sentence, suspended for two years.

A court document said the custodial sentence was passed because his offending was "so serious" and it was "aggravated" by Barlow's record and by his "scant regard for court orders".

He was also disqualified from driving for two years.

Barlow was also made to pay a £122 surcharge to victim services and £85 in costs to the Crown Prosecution Service, making a total of £207.

His guilty pleas were taken into account on sentencing.