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Reckless; Driver stood on car roof pelting stones at horse rider, driving into pedestrians and injuring two police offers


( Via York Press) A driver has been jailed for three year and a half years after recklessly driving his vehicle and serious aggressive behaviour.

Christopher Jeffrey Thwaites deliberately steered his car head on into two police officers, injuring them. He also stood on his car roof shouting and throwing stones at the rider of a horse he had narrowly missed. Furthermore he punched a motorist after tailgating him aggressively, said prosecutor Peter Sabiston at York Crown Court.

Thwaites’ driving also put countless lives at risk. Luckily a grandmother and a young child who were pedestrians at the time avoided Thwaites on coming dangerous driving. Victims reported that Thwaites smirked and gestured at them as he drove aggressively and dangerously near them.

The Recorder of York, Judge Stephen Ashurst, said: “It is remarkable that no-one lost their lives and, I suspect, given the circumstances, there may well have been more than one fatality.

“I don’t know what it is in your case that makes you behave like this.

“The public are entitled to know you are going to be off the road for a considerable period of time.”

He jailed Thwaites, 24, of Berrygate Lane, Sharow, near Ripon, for three-and-a-half years, banned him from driving for seven years and ordered him to take an extended driving test before he drives alone again.

Thwaites admitted four charges of dangerous driving between May and November last year and one of assault. He had already served a custodial sentence for similar offences.

For Thwaites, Philip Standfast said he was remorseful yet his menacing driving has resulted in a fairly lengthy sentence. .

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