A disqualified driver who caused a collision earlier this year has been jailed.

Guy Donaghy, 56, of Stanley Place, Ongar, was driving in the town’s High Street on Friday, August 16, when he collided with an oncoming vehicle.

His Porsche Boxer car also struck the forecourt of a car dealership, and caused more than £9,000 worth of damage.

Officers attended and found that Donaghy had no insurance and was also suspected to be under the influence at the time.

After being released from hospital three days later, he was found driving a silver Mercedes SLK just three days later.

Fortunately, the 56-year-old had been spotted by the member of the public whose car he had collided with.

Donaghy was arrested and later charged with dangerous driving, driving whilst disqualified, driving without insurance, using a vehicle without a valid test certificate, failing to give consent for a specimen to analysed and failing to give information relating to the identification of the driver of the vehicles at the time of both incidents.

He was remanded in custody and, on Monday, November 18, pleaded guilty to the charges at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court.

Donaghy was jailed for six months and has been disqualified from driving for five years and two months.

He must pass an extended test before he is able to drive again.

Investigating officer, PC James Dawson, of the Chigwell Roads Policing Unit said: “Donaghy has continued to display a clear disregard for the criminal justice system and the safety of other Essex road users by continuing to drive whilst disqualified by the courts and without the correct paperwork.

“Donaghy’s behaviour caused a chaotic collision, with masses of damage and a large impact on the victims involved, yet he was undeterred from continuing to drive a matter of days later.

“I would like to thank those members of the public who were directly affected by this incident, and have shown continued dignity throughout this process, as well as those who gave up their time to assist with our enquiries”.