Motorist drove with smashed windscreen

A MOTORIST admitted dangerous driving after he drove from Colchester to Ipswich with a smashed windscreen while in shock after an accident.Peter Lambert, 47, had a crash on the A12 near Colchester in Essex but still decided to travel on to Ipswich despite his windscreen being completely smashed and having damaged wing mirrors.

A MOTORIST admitted dangerous driving after he drove from Colchester to Ipswich with a smashed windscreen while in shock after an accident.

Peter Lambert, 47, had a crash on the A12 near Colchester in Essex but still decided to travel on to Ipswich despite his windscreen being completely smashed and having damaged wing mirrors.

He was stopped by police in Woodbridge Road, Ipswich, after they spotted the damaged vehicle.

Prosecutor Adele Cook told South East Suffolk Magistrates: "It had been driven in the condition presented to the officer for a substantial distance on the A12."

Representing himself Lambert said: "I had been involved in an unpleasant experience on the A12. There were extensive road works and the road went from two lanes to one lane.

"I passed a truck and ran out of road and hit bollards and cones. I ended up hitting a sign. It was an extremely frightening experience. My car was damaged and I was in a state of shock. I made a poor decision. I assessed the damage and decided to press on.

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"In retrospect at the time I was not thinking clearly. I was in a state of shock and had an overwhelming need to go somewhere where I would feel safe."

However he said it was roadworthy as he was able to drive the vehicle "quite a substantial distance."

Lambert, who lives in Grove Street, Brighton, was on his way to Ipswich to visit his brother and his family for a long-weekend camping.

He apologised to the court for his actions adding: "It is a very humbling experience for me."

Lambert was fined £100 and ordered to pay £55 towards prosecution costs.

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