A routine check saw one man give his brother’s name - who was wanted for assaulting a woman with a spade - to police, a court heard.
Ramone Graham gave his brother’s name of Jerome in a police check, so instead of being allowed to drive home with his girlfriend, Ramone was arrested and charged with using a spade in an assault on a woman.
At a police station, he persisted in claiming he was Jerome, was interviewed by officers and ordered to attend court on the assault charge.
“A search of the police national system showed Jerome was wanted in relation to domestic violence,” said Mark Knowles, prosecuting.
Jerome’s passport as found in the Vauxhall Astra being driven by Ramone, of Moon Crescent, Eastwood.
Ramone was handed legal papers and passed them on to Jerome, who faced magistrates but explained that he had never been questioned about an assault, llegedly involving the use of a spade, added Mr Knowles.
The assault charge was dropped against Jerome but Ramone, 22, was later charged with perverting the course of justice. He pleaded guilty and was rdered to do 180 hours unpaid work with a four-month jail term, suspended for 18 months, and £800 costs.
Nottingham Crown Court heard that the problem arose when Ramone’s new car was flagged down at 4am in Derby in a routine police check on April 19.
Susan Gregson-Murray, mitigating, said: “He was driving with his girlfriend and clearly trying to impress her with his new car.
“He was in a police stop check and asked for his name. He gave his brother’s because he thought there was something wrong with the insurance.
“There were no charges relating to that,” she told the court [THUR].
Judge Andrew Hamilton told Ramone: “This is the first time you have been mixed up with the police.
“I suspect because you were not sure about insurance you thought you would lie. They found the passport and you lied and persisted and it rather spiralled out of control. It has caused considerable difficulties.”