A BANNED driver who got behind the wheel of a car in Clydebank has been given one last chance to stay out of trouble – after chalking up his eighth road traffic conviction.

Lewis Faulds was caught behind the wheel while disqualified on Drumry Road on November 17.

The 27-year-old from Ayr was described in court as having a poor record for road traffic offences, with the latest conviction marking the eighth in a long list of crimes.

Dumbarton Sheriff Court heard on Friday that Faulds, who works as a tyre fitter at a garage in the coastal town, had fixed a friend’s car on November 17, 2020 before driving “two or three miles” to return it to them, despite being banned from the roads and having no insurance.

At the hearing Faulds’ solicitor said that the prospect of custody had given his client “a wake-up call”.

The solicitor said: “He knows that if he avoids custody today that he was very much on the cusp of it.”

Sheriff John Hamilton said that Faulds’ failure to comply with previous punishments demonstrated that “he thinks that it all revolves around him and not the fact that he has to abide by the rules”.

Passing sentence, the sheriff said: “What the evidence says in front of me is that you don’t care about the orders. That shows an utter sense of entitlement, ‘the rules don’t apply to me’.

“The difficulty is that you are now facing jail. Do you understand that?

“This is the last chance you have got. Next time you will go to jail. That should bring home the message to you.”

Faulds was banned for a further three years and handed a community payback order which will see him supervised by social workers for 12 months.

He must also carry out 150 hours of unpaid work within that time.

Additionally, Faulds was handed a restriction of liberty order which will see him confined to his home at Hillfoot Road in Ayr between 7pm and 6.30am each night.