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Drug Driver In 100mph Chase Jailed

Leeds Crown Court has jailed a man for six months after he led police officers on a chase through Dewsbury at speeds of up to 100mph while driving under the influence of drugs.

The defendant, who was travelling with two passengers, was originally spotted by police as he changed direction while pulling out of a pub car park.

Officers attempted to pull him over and while he initially complied, he sped off as officers approached the vehicle.

Police pursued him at speeds of up to 100mph along Bradford Road towards Dewsbury but were forced to abandon the chase as he entered the town centre as a public safety precaution.

Shortly thereafter the man lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a lamppost.

With no injuries, the driver and his passengers fled the scene on foot, with police arresting the driver at Dewsbury railway station where he was found to be over the drug driving limit both for cannabis and cocaine.

Anastasis Tassou, mitigating, said the actions were out of character for his client, a bricklayer, and were the result of his being made redundant earlier that day.

The man entered guilty pleas to three counts of drug driving, dangerous driving, and driving without insurance. He was sentenced to six months in prison.

Recorder Ian Harris told the man: “You put the public at risk, in my judgement substantial risk, of serious harm, perhaps even worse.

“Motor vehicles in the hands of drugged drivers are dangerous. The need for a deterrent and punitive sentence outweighs personal mitigation.”

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Carl Millar is a highly respected and experienced drink driving solicitor who is the principal of Millars Solicitors.

Carl has been a specialist in road traffic law for many years and represents clients from all walks of life and all over the Country. He is well known for the dogged defending of his clients and robust cross examination of police officers and exert witnesses.

With a wealth of expertise in motoring law Carl is well placed to provide advice over the phone and deal with all road traffic matters in a calm and professional way.

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Drug Driver At Four Times Cocaine Limit Jailed

A man caught drug driving at 100mph while four times the legal limit for cocaine has been jailed at Norwich Magistrates Court.

The 21-year old was clocked speeding by officers regular speed checks. They pulled the man over and, on speaking to him, suspected he may have been under the influence of drugs.

Later tests showed that the man was over the drug driving limit for cannabis, and four times the legal limit for cocaine.

Wayne Ablett, prosecuting, explained: “He was stopped by Sgt Harris who was conducting speed checks on the A11 with a recorded speed of 100mph. When stopped and spoken to the officer had reason to believe he was under the influence of drugs.

“Two different types of drugs were found in his system, with cocaine at 380mcg in blood when the legal limit is 80, and cannabis at 3.2 when the legal limit is two.”

Sally Dale, mitigating for the defendant, said that the man “is no longer doing drugs at all” and had moved back home to live with his pregnant girlfriend.

“There was no indication there has been any criticism of the standard of driving,” said Ms Dale.

“There is no suggestion he was stopped for any other reason than he was speeding. There was no suggestion he was presenting as someone under the influence.

“To his credit, he has been totally up front and open with the police about this.

“He says he had a very heavy night the night before at a party and had consumed drugs as well as alcohol. After a few hours sleep, he gets up with the intention of going to the beach with his friends. On his way, he was following another car doing the same speed as him. He was not concentrating on his speed from that point of view but accepts he was the one stopped by police.

“He has now quit where he was living and working to move back home. He can get to and from work on a push bike.”

Aggravated by the speeding offence, the man pleaded guilty to two counts of drug driving and Magistrates disqualified him for 25 months. They also bound him under a 12-month community order during which he must complete 120 hours of unpaid work.

He must also pay a victim surcharge and costs of £85 each.

About Carl Millar

Carl Millar is a highly respected and experienced drink driving solicitor who is the principal of Millars Solicitors.

Carl has been a specialist in road traffic law for many years and represents clients from all walks of life and all over the Country. He is well known for the dogged defending of his clients and robust cross examination of police officers and exert witnesses.

With a wealth of expertise in motoring law Carl is well placed to provide advice over the phone and deal with all road traffic matters in a calm and professional way.

Getting in contact with Carl and Millars Solicitors is really easy. You can call him FREE on 0800 999 5535 or in an emergency you can call on 07855 806119.

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Wine Merchant “Could Have Killed” While Drink Driving

A wine merchant from Darlington has been banned from the roads for nearly two-and-a-half years after pleading guilty to drink-driving while almost four times the legal limit.

Newton Aycliffe Magistrates Court heard that Darren Shield, who runs the Vesuvio Wine Merchants and Bar, was stopped by police officers on January 22 after they received reports of a Volkswagen being driven around Darlington town centre.

Prosecuting, Ann Barker said: “Police were made aware of a vehicle being driven around Darlington town centre with a male driver who appeared to be under the influence of alcohol.

“When the officers stopped the grey Polo, the defendant appeared to be intoxicated – his words were slurred and his eyes were glazed.

“The police officer stated he could smell intoxicating liquor on his breath.”

Following a breathalyser test, Shield was found to have 135mcg alcohol per 100ml breath, where the legal limit is 35mcg.

A report from the probation service explained: “He stated he could not recall how much alcohol he had to drink that night and he remembers he was at one bar and drank four vodkas.

“He said that evening he had been stressed about his impending wedding and the stress of his business.

“He’s very ashamed and is disgusted at his behaviour.

The probation officer went on to say: “He has had his own business for the last seven years which is a wine bar and a shop and he works alongside his brother.

“I believe there’s a low likelihood of him offending.”

John Clish, mitigating, said that his client had not asked him to “reel out excuses”, and he accepted that driving in that state was a “foolish act”.

Shield was disqualified for two years and five months and bound under a 12-month community order with 100 hours unpaid work. He was also ordered to pay £85 costs and a £85 victim surcharge.

The chairman of the bench addressed Shield, telling him “Drink-driving is a very, very serious offence, and the level you’ve been driving at is an outrageous level.

“You could have killed yourself or killed anybody else – it’s just unbelievable that you’ve drunk to that level and got into a car and drove.”

About Carl Millar

Carl Millar is a highly respected and experienced drink driving solicitor who is the principal of Millars Solicitors.

Carl has been a specialist in road traffic law for many years and represents clients from all walks of life and all over the Country. He is well known for the dogged defending of his clients and robust cross examination of police officers and exert witnesses.

With a wealth of expertise in motoring law Carl is well placed to provide advice over the phone and deal with all road traffic matters in a calm and professional way.

Getting in contact with Carl and Millars Solicitors is really easy. You can call him FREE on 0800 999 5535 or in an emergency you can call on 07855 806119.

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Drug Driver Jailed After Fatally Hitting Cyclist at 60mph

A 26-year-old man has been sentenced to eight years in prison after crashing into a cyclist at 60mph while driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol.

Ajay Singh ploughed into Vicky Myres, 24, while she was out for a bike ride with her boyfriend’s mother. She remarked just before the accident: “Gosh, that car is going fast”. Moments later Singh crashed into her at 60mph in a 30mph area.

Minshull Street Crown Court heard how Vicky was catapulted over the vehicle, landing 57 metres further up Stockport Road in Timperley with a broken neck and a total of 66 injuries. She was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Singh fled the scene of the accident, still driving his car despite the shattered windscreen which had “nil” visibility. He almost collided head-on with another vehicle a few minutes later.

Other drivers saw him weaving across the road, playing loud music, and speeding “well in excess” of 70mph in the minutes prior to the crash at around 7.50am on 27 August.

Singh told police that he had taken spice and ketamine, and tests taken later also showed him to have traces of cocaine and cannabis in his system. Witnesses saw him getting in and out of his car, holding a bottle of wine, and very unsteady on his feet.

He pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving, failing to stop, and failing to report an accident.

Florist Vicky was a keen cyclist and had just bought a house with her “inseparable” partner of six years, James Crosby. She was killed while out on a ride with James’s mother Sarah, which they did together every Sunday.

Sarah Crosby said in her victim impact statement: “Vicky was lying there. I knew immediately she was dead. I had to tell James Vicky had died.

“He held his head in his hands and shouted, ‘No! No! No!’ And I saw the pain and anguish overcome him. To hear your grownup son sobbing is utterly heartbreaking.”

She went on to say how he felt lost without Vicky – the woman he had travelled the world with and was planning a family with. He now struggled to get through each day.

Nick Myres, Vicky’s father, said: “She was kind, loving, caring, adventurous, determined and fun. I feel older and sadder every day. I have my memories but will never have any new ones. I’m trying not to let hate and anger take over.”

Singh’s registration plate fell off his VW Polo as a result of the collision, and police tracked him down and arrested him less than thirty minutes after the accident. He had driven from his flat in Wythenshawe to a hotel car park, and then returned, but gave no reason for the journey or his driving.

When tests were carried out in hospital, they showed him to be under the prescribed limit for alcohol, but over the limit for drugs. Police suspected him to have been drink-driving at the time of the accident but were unable to prove it.

On sentencing Singh, Judge John Potter said: “The strong inference from the evidence is that I’m sure from the driving at the time you must have been significantly impaired by both alcohol and drugs.

“When she died Vicky Myres was just 24 years of age. She was a good, bright, intelligent, enthusiastic person who had the world at her feet. The hurt felt by her family is raw and immediate.”

About Carl Millar

Carl Millar is a highly respected and experienced drink driving solicitor who is the principal of Millars Solicitors.

Carl has been a specialist in road traffic law for many years and represents clients from all walks of life and all over the Country. He is well known for the dogged defending of his clients and robust cross examination of police officers and exert witnesses.

With a wealth of expertise in motoring law Carl is well placed to provide advice over the phone and deal with all road traffic matters in a calm and professional way.

Getting in contact with Carl and Millars Solicitors is really easy. You can call him FREE on 0800 999 5535 or in an emergency you can call on 07855 806119.

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Jail For Drink Driver Who Ploughed Into Tinder Couple

A man has been jailed after getting behind the wheel while under the influence of alcohol killing one man, and seriously injuring the woman with whom he was on a date.

The Old Bailey heard how Toader had ignored pleas not to drive after downing several shots of cherry brandy following an argument with his girlfriend. He forced other motorists to swerve out of his way as he sped for five miles at up to 64mph through a 30mph zone before ploughing into Ronald Cardenas, 32, and Ruxandra Zavoianu, 28 on Willesden High Road. They had met just a few days earlier on the dating app Tinder, and were waiting to cross the road. Mr Cardenas was pronounced dead at the scene.

Mr Cardenas, from Ecuador, had just become a father and was working on Carnaby Street before starting his masters degree. Ms Zavoianu was in a coma for a month following the drink-driving incident and said in a statement: “Eight months later, I’m still not back to normal. I’m still fighting.”

Upon sentencing Judge Philip Katz QC said that Ms Zavoianu was “lucky to be alive” and “could easily have died too.

“The harm you have caused is profound. One death and another life massively damaged.

“Your culpability is at the highest level,” he said.

Trader pleaded guilty to causing death and serious injury by dangerous driving. As he was sentenced he apologised to his victims and in a prepared statement said he took “full responsibility” before saying “I wish I could turn back time.”

He was sentenced to serve six years and eight months in jail, and also banned from driving for five years.

About Carl Millar

Carl Millar is a highly respected and experienced drink driving solicitor who is the principal of Millars Solicitors.

Carl has been a specialist in road traffic law for many years and represents clients from all walks of life and all over the Country. He is well known for the dogged defending of his clients and robust cross examination of police officers and exert witnesses.

With a wealth of expertise in motoring law Carl is well placed to provide advice over the phone and deal with all road traffic matters in a calm and professional way.

Getting in contact with Carl and Millars Solicitors is really easy. You can call him FREE on 0800 999 5535 or in an emergency you can call on 07855 806119.

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99 Points In One Month, And Over The Same Bridge

It has been reported a motorist has racked up 99 points in a single month, and by driving over the same bridge 11 times.

The driver, who had been caught speeding every time, Vasile Ciuca, was banned from driving for 6 months in his absence by Magistrates.

20 year old Ciuca was given 3 points for each offence of speeding and a further 6 points per offence of failing to furnish information. He was also fined £660.

About Carl Millar

Carl Millar is a highly respected and experienced drink driving solicitor who is the principal of Millars Solicitors.

Carl has been a specialist in road traffic law for many years and represents clients from all walks of life and all over the Country. He is well known for the dogged defending of his clients and robust cross examination of police officers and exert witnesses.

With a wealth of expertise in motoring law Carl is well placed to provide advice over the phone and deal with all road traffic matters in a calm and professional way.

Getting in contact with Carl and Millars Solicitors is really easy. You can call him FREE on 0800 999 5535 or in an emergency you can call on 07855 806119.

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Speeding Laws Change Today

According to a recent survey, 80% of UK motorists had no idea how speeding fines in the UK were about to change.

From today, new rules introduced by the Sentencing Council could see motorists convicted of series offences be fined up to 175% of their weekly wage, with 150% for more minor offences.

However, for speeding offences, there is a cap of £1,000 unless the offence takes place on a motorway where the cap is at £2,500.

Therefore, a person earning £50,000 per year could find themselves landed with a £1,000 fine if they are caught speeding at 41mph in a 20mph zone.

Daniel Powell, Managing Editor of the motoring law website honestjohn.co.uk stated: ““While most people agree that excessive speed has no place on our roads and that greater deterrents are likely to reduce the amount of deaths and injuries related to speeding, the new fines policy appears to have entered the law almost unnoticed.”

Powell also commented that whereas the new fines are a clear deterrent, the real issue is stopping people speeding in the first place.

He continued: “One very real concern is that, while speeding is easier to police, there are greater road safety concerns attached to driver distraction than creeping slightly over the speed limit.

“If sentencing guidelines for speeding are heading this way, then in an era of more connectivity behind the wheel, we should be addressing concerns around mobile phone use, in-car app and sat nav distractions in much the same way.

“Harsher fines are a deterrent, but we can’t help but think a better, more modern approach to driver education would have a greater influence on road safety.”

The Sentencing Council has introduced a new 3 tier system to calculate both fines and penalty points based upon speed.

BAND A – is for drivers who speed up to 10mph over the limit. For this, they can expect 3 penalty points and a fine around 50% of their weekly wage. However, the court has the discretion to impose a fine between 25% and 75% of the driver’s weekly wage.

BAND B – is for drivers who speed between 11mph and 20mph over the limit. For this, they can expect 4 to 6 penalty points and a fine around 100% of their weekly wage. However, the court has the discretion to impose a fine between 75% and 125% of the driver’s weekly wage.

BAND C – is for drivers who speed  21mph and above over the limit. For this, they can expect 6 penalty points and a fine around 150% of their weekly wage. However, the court has the discretion to impose a fine between 125% and 175% of the driver’s weekly wage.

New Speeding Laws

About Carl Millar

Carl Millar is a highly respected and experienced drink driving solicitor who is the principal of Millars Solicitors.

Carl has been a specialist in road traffic law for many years and represents clients from all walks of life and all over the Country. He is well known for the dogged defending of his clients and robust cross examination of police officers and exert witnesses.

With a wealth of expertise in motoring law Carl is well placed to provide advice over the phone and deal with all road traffic matters in a calm and professional way.

Getting in contact with Carl and Millars Solicitors is really easy. You can call him FREE on 0800 999 5535 or in an emergency you can call on 07855 806119.

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UK Drivers Call For A Higher Motorway Speed Limit

With new speeding laws on their way for drivers, it may come as no surprise that many motorists are calling for a raising of motorway speed limits, from its current 70mph to 80mph.

New research from accident recovery company Green Flag has shown 73% of motorists in the UK think the motorway speed limit should be raised. It was also revealed that UK drivers thought speeding laws should be further relaxed if the carriageways are clear.

Interestingly, another survey carried out by motoring website honestjohn.co.uk, discovered that 84% of UK motorists did not fully understand or even know of the impending changes to speeding penalties.

The Managing Editor of honestjohn.co.uk stated: “While most people agree that excessive speed has no place on our roads and that greater deterrents are likely to reduce the amount of deaths and injuries related to speeding, the new fines policy appears to have entered the law almost unnoticed.

“If sentencing guidelines for speeding are heading this way, then in an era of more connectivity behind the wheel, we should be addressing concerns around mobile phone use, in-car app and sat nav distractions in much the same way.

“Harsher fines are a deterrent, but we can’t help but think a better, more modern approach to driver education would have a greater influence on road safety.”

About Carl Millar

Carl Millar is a highly respected and experienced drink driving solicitor who is the principal of Millars Solicitors.

Carl has been a specialist in road traffic law for many years and represents clients from all walks of life and all over the Country. He is well known for the dogged defending of his clients and robust cross examination of police officers and exert witnesses.

With a wealth of expertise in motoring law Carl is well placed to provide advice over the phone and deal with all road traffic matters in a calm and professional way.

Getting in contact with Carl and Millars Solicitors is really easy. You can call him FREE on 0800 999 5535 or in an emergency you can call on 07855 806119.

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