As he jailed 30-year-old defendant Neil Day for his crimes, the judge, Recorder Abdul Iqbal, told him: “It appears you have little or no regard for the safety of other motorists.”
At a March 15 hearing, Sheffield Crown Court heard how, after leaving the New Lodge Co-Op car park in Barnsley in his Vauxhall Corsa vehicle, Day collided with two vehicles traveling in traffic.
“This [Day’s car] was driven as if you didn’t care about the safety of others…and you caused significant damage to two other vehicles,” Recorder Iqbal added.
After colliding with the two vehicles, one of which was a Jaguar, Day did not stop and sped off down Wakefield Road.
A man known to Day witnessed the incident and later identified him as the police driver, the court heard.
Prosecution attorney Giles Bridge told the court that one of the drivers Day crashed into took a week off following the incident due to a muscle injury caused during of the collision, while the other driver had to pay a deductible of £500 to his insurance company. and lost his bonus-malus following the damage that Day caused to his vehicle.
Mr Bridge said shortly after the crashes someone contacted South Yorkshire Police and reported that the Day’s Corsa had been stolen.
“They said they worked on the car, left the keys on the floor and the keys were stolen…about half an hour before the traffic collision,” Mr Bridge said.
Day, of Standhill Crescent, Barnsley, only holds a provisional driving license and was questioned by police.
He denied driving the Corsa at the time of the crash and ‘maintained’ the police report was ‘authentic’, the court heard.
He also filled out police forms to that effect.
Day later admitted that the police report was false and that he had been involved in the collision, when he pleaded guilty to charges of perverting the course of justice and dangerous driving, respectively, during a previous hearing.
Edward Moss, defending, said Day suffered from conditions such as emphysema and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) which affect the lungs, and as such he would be at greater risk if sent to prison, where the number of Covid cases are disproportionately higher.
Mr Moss said Day also suffered from mental health issues, for which he was taking medication.
He told the court that Day would no longer be able to take a parent with epilepsy to school as a result of his offence, although recorder Iqbal questioned whether it was a a role that could have fallen solely to Day, legally, as he only held a provisional license.
Recorder Iqbal imprisoned Day for 14 months and banned him from driving for two years and seven months.
Referring to his offense of perverting the course of justice, he told her: “Your offense goes to the very heart of the administration of justice and was designed to ensure that you will not face justice.”
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This notice was published: 2022-03-16 07:13:36