A tall man has denied driving a small car while standing up. Adam Elliott, who is 6ft 7in, is accused of getting to his feet while behind the wheel of a convertible Ford Ka.
It is alleged he drove dangerously on the A184 Felling bypass, in Gateshead and on the A167 over the Tyne Bridge, in Newcastle.
During an appearance at Newcastle Crown Court, he pleaded not guilty to dangerous driving on January 26 this year.
Nick Cartmell, defending, told the court: “He is adamant he was not standing.
The allegation is he was standing while driving. He is a few inches off 7ft. He accepts he was high in the seat but he was not standing and was in control of the vehicle. It’s a very small car.
“It would have been like the Big Friendly Giant in Noddy’s car.”
The Ford Ka had its roof down at the time of the alleged offence. A trial date was set for January 23 next year and was given a time estimate of at least one day.
Elliott, 25, of Scotswood, Newcastle, was further released on unconditional bail until his trial.