Britain's Worst Driver, Jailed

It took 110 driving offenses (89 of them ending in conviction) and 59 bans from driving in 28 years for UK authorities to declare 50 year-old Thomas Feely the country's worst driver in history and send him behind bars for the next six months of his life.

The decision, taken by the Leeds Magistrates Court, comes after Feely was caught last November while driving a van, despite being disqualified and without insurance. This happened three days before he was due to be sentenced for an earlier, similar offense, the Telegraph reported.

But that's only the tip of the iceberg. According to the magistrates which prosecuted the case, Feely has the worst driving record they've ever seen.

"This is undoubtedly the worst driving record any of us on the bench have ever seen. From 1982 onwards you have been convicted of 89 offenses," magistrates chairman John Pickering said when sentencing.

"Just a few days before being suspended from driving you were stopped again. You have no compunction about driving while disqualified. This is such an appalling record that custody is inevitable."

As would any self-respecting offender would do, Feely accepted the court's sentence, but says it's not him to blame, but his own "poor decision-making."

"He accepts that he shouldn't have been driving. He accepts that he makes poor decisions and that his judgment is poor in relation to whether or not he should drive," Lindsey Lobley, Feely's defender said.
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