Carlos Tevez escapes jail for driving without a licence
Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez has been handed community order with a period of unpaid work for 250 hours but has escaped a jail sentence despite admitting to driving while disqualified and without insurance.
The Manchester City striker also received a fresh six month ban from driving and fined £1,000 for motoring offences.
The Argentinean who was banned from driving for six months in January, was arrested in Cheshire on March 7 after being stopped by police while driving a Porsche Cayenne after an anonymous tip-off to Police.
The 29-year-old entered his guilty plea in his native Spanish with the aid of an interpreter as he stood in the dock at Macclesfield Magistrates' Court.
Magistrates heard that the Argentinean, who gave his full name as Carlos Alberto Tevez, has not yet got a UK driving licence, partly because he has struggled to pass the theory test, which is conducted in English.
Prosecutor Kate Marchuk told the court a police officer was called to the Mottram Hall Hotel and Golf Club in Cheshire at around 4pm on March 7.
"There had been a call from an anonymous caller, that the defendant had driven a white Range Rover to the golf club whilst disqualified.
"The officer confirmed this on the Police National Computer."
Miss Marchuk said Tevez had been disqualified from driving on January 16, until May 25.
Tevez, who lives in nearby Alderley Edge, did not get into the Range Rover on leaving at around 5pm, instead getting into a white Porsche Cayenne and driving off.
He was stopped nearby and arrested for driving while disqualified and having no insurance.
He told the officer: "I only live down the road. Two minutes."
Tevez was taken to the police station and later bailed but at a second interview made no reply to police questions.