Britain's most convicted motorist was jailed yesterday for driving while banned for a record 48th time.
Bouncer Jamie Manderson, 33, from Swindon, Wiltshire, has been disqualified from driving every year since 1988 when he was just 15.
But the constant bans have not stopped him getting behind the wheel.
Manderson's solicitor, Rob Ross, said that, in addition to him being hooked on drugs, the reason for his client's repeat offending is that "Jamie has a very serious addiction to cars".
Manderson was jailed for five months by magistrates in Swindon yesterday after admitting driving while disqualified and without insurance in June this year, shortly after a spell in prison for the same offences. Manderson has nearly 200 previous convictions, mainly for motoring matters.
About eight years ago he ran over a 12-year-old cyclist as he drove a robbery getaway car.
A source at the Crown Prosecution Service said: "It's only a matter of time before he kills someone."
Speaking outside the court defence lawyer, Rob Ross, described his client as "a likeable idiot".
"Jamie suffers from a very serious addiction to cars," he added. "He just can't leave them alone.
"He's actually a very talented bloke, a fantastic artist and writer.
"During the 1980s he used to steal cars to order and he made a lot of money. Then, a few years ago, he got addicted to heroin, but it's the cars he's really hooked on."