'Freeman' driver who refused to talk to police jailed

An uninsured driver who tried avoiding punishment by claiming he was a 'freeman of the land' - and not bound by UK laws - has been jailed.

Mandeep Sandhu, aged 29, was pulled over by traffic cops in Birmingham Road, Smethwick after being spotted behind the wheel of a Vauxhall Astra police systems showed was insured to a woman.

When asked to confirm his details he told officers from West Midlands Police he was part of a 'freeman of the land' movement that stopped him talking to cops.

To comply would mean 'entering into a contract he could not afford to fulfil' Sandhu said.

It was a stance he maintained at the police station and when he refused to co-operate with Warley magistrates on October 1 he was jailed for 14 days for contempt of court.

Sandhu, of Dudley Road East, Tividale, was also ordered to pay £330 in fines and costs and had six points added to his licence.

He was sentenced for contempt in his absence having been removed from court by security staff.

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