JAILED - 30 weeks in prison and hefty driving ban for dangerous driver - The Coventry Observer

JAILED - 30 weeks in prison and hefty driving ban for dangerous driver

Coventry Editorial 29th Feb, 2024 Updated: 2nd Mar, 2024   0

A DANGEROUS driver in Coventry has been sent to prison after pleading guilty at a recent ruling at Warwick Crown Court.

David Roddie, 45, of Bridgeacre Gardens, Coventry, was handed a substantial prison sentence of 30 weeks and a 50-month driving ban after pleading guilty to charges of dangerous driving on the A46 near Ansty.

The incident occurred on October, 15 last year and prompted a series of charges against Roddie.

Roddie’s sentence also included 12 weeks for driving while disqualified, 10 weeks for failing to provide a specimen of breath for analysis, and an additional 30 weeks for aggravated vehicle taking and vehicle damage, all to be served concurrently, meaning he will serve a total of  30 weeks.

He has been instructed to pass an extended driving test of competence before his driving ban is lifted and has been ordered to pay a £187 victim surcharge.

Officers observed Roddie driving and despite having the right of way, Roddie gave way to a marked police car on a roundabout.

Police noticed tampering with the vehicle’s number plate and signalled him to pull over but he failed to comply and instead fled the scene, colliding with a marked police car twice, causing minor damage to both vehicles.

Roddie then drove through traffic, overtaking, speeding, disregarding red lights, and damaged a Golf driven by a member of the public.

Authorities managed to locate Roddie shortly afterward and took him into custody on Westmoreland Road, Coventry.

Sergeant Greig Rawlings said: “David Roddie made the deliberate decision to ignore the rules of the road and showed total disregard for the safety of other road users.

“This was a prolonged, persistent and deliberate act of dangerous driving and his sentence reflects the seriousness of the offences.

“We can only hope that some time in prison will give him the opportunity to reflect on what he has done.”

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