Speeding driver faces jail

A SPEEDING motorist faces a lengthy prison sentence after he lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a wall.Kevin Clark, 38, pleaded guilty to a charge of dangerous driving.

A SPEEDING motorist faces a lengthy prison sentence after he lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a wall.

Kevin Clark, 38, pleaded guilty to a charge of dangerous driving.

The court heard how on Tuesday, May 6 at 5.25pm Clark was driving a red Renault that also contained two passengers. A police officer was driving in Shelley Street, Ipswich, when Clark's vehicle sped past.

Despite shouts from the passengers to slow down, Clark was driving at about 35mph in a 30mph zone. The Renault drove along Hartley Street, Vaughan Street and Turin Street before it crashed into a wall in Kenyon Street.


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Godfried Duah, prosecuting, said someone could have been injured as the Renault travelled quickly down populated and narrow streets.

He said: "A number of children were playing in the areas where the vehicle was driven. On both sides of the road were parked vehicles and the road is said to be a narrow terraced street.

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"The vehicle failed to stop and ended up crashing into a wall. The consequences could have led to a fatality should any child have been around the area of the wall at that time.

"He had two other passengers in the vehicle as well who could have sustained serious injuries."

Craig Marchant, mitigating, said: "Mr Clark travelled on three roads and a distance of about 400 yards. He acknowledges there had been children about but he had the two other people screaming in the back and the area was built up.

"His feet came off the break and hit the accelerator, it was not deliberate to run the car into a wall.

"The police officer said the speed was not great and the passengers in the back also indicated that the driving was not bad but too fast in the circumstances."

After the crash, Clark, from Lawrence Road, Liverpool was caught, arrested and detained in custody.

Clark also admitted three more motoring offences at South East Suffolk Magistrates Court. He failed to stop when required to do so by a uniformed constable, drove without insurance and was driving otherwise than in accordance with his driving licence.

In three other unrelated charges he also pleaded guilty to resisting a police constable, failure to surrender to custody and theft by finding.

Clark also pleaded not guilty to 15 further charges relating to motoring offences.

All seven charges where he pleaded guilty have been sent for sentence to Ipswich Crown Court but a date has yet to be fixed for that hearing.

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