An “arrogant” motorist has been jailed after he mocked police over dodging them whilst driving illegally.

Officers had been tracking Danny Simpson, of The Meadows in Gravesend, over his dangerous driving around London, Essex and Kent and boasting on social media.

The 31-year-old, who had already been convicted of driving whilst disqualified 12 times, pleaded guilty to doing so again along with driving without insurance on Tuesday, September 14.

Despite being banned mostly since 2006 Simpson continued to show “blatant disregard for the law”.

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Danny Simpson. Picture: Met Police.Danny Simpson. Picture: Met Police.

On December 2 last year, Road Crime Team officers spotted a Range Rover parked outside a restaurant in Mayfair and began tracing the owner.

During this time Simpson exited the restaurant and mocked officers claiming they would not be able to prove he was the driver.

But an investigation found sufficient evidence – including CCTV and witness statements – and Simpson was arrested and charged a few weeks later.

At Westminster Magistrates’ Court he initially pleaded not guilty and took the matter to trial but a few days before it began he changed his plea to guilty.

He was sentenced to 12 weeks’ imprisonment, ordered to pay a total of £328 in fines, and further disqualified from driving for 21 months.

Inspector Danny Mount, of the Met’s Road Crime Team, said: “It is clear in this case that Danny Simpson had no regard for the law or anybody else’s safety.

“Such is Simpson’s blatant disregard for the law by continuing to drive whilst disqualified, a custodial sentence was imposed by the court.

“Simpson was arrogant enough to think he would not get caught. This is clearly not the case."

He continued: “Officers from the Road Crime Team will continue to work tirelessly and relentlessly to remove dangerous drivers, like Simpson, from London’s roads.

"I hope he uses his time in prison to reconsider his attitude to driving, which could have resulted in serious harm to the public.”