Teenage driver branded reckless

A TEENAGER who caused a three-car crash when he drove at up to 70mph along an Ipswich road before careering across a roundabout has today been branded “reckless”.

A TEENAGER who caused a three-car crash when he drove at up to 70mph along an Ipswich road before careering across a roundabout has today been branded “reckless”.

Sean Robinson, 18, failed to stop after the accident in London Road near the Tesco roundabout but was caught by police a short time later.

When he appeared at South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court he pleaded guilty to driving without due care and attention and failing to stop after an accident.

Stephen Colman, prosecuting, told the court that police were called to London Road at 11.30pm on January 26 this year after Robinson's black Vauxhall Corsa undertook several vehicles before crashing into a Citroen Saxo and causing it to collide with a van.

Mr Colman said one witness reported that Robinson's car was travelling at 60 or 70mph along the 40mph stretch.

At one stage Robinson, of Nightingale Close, Ipswich, came close to colliding with the central reservation and shortly after his car careered straight over the top of the roundabout.

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Another witness reported seeing sparks flying from underneath the car as it hurtled across the roundabout.

Police were called and they tracked Robinson to the nearby Tesco car park where he was arrested.

Mr Colman said: “Fortunately no one was badly hurt from what happened.”

The court heard that Robinson lost his licence in February for a separate careless driving offence committed in September last year.

This time, an apologetic Robinson told magistrates: “I shouldn't have been driving the way I was.

“I pass my apologies on to the people that were involved. It shouldn't have happened.”

Patrick Oudkerk, chairman of the magistrates, described Robinson's actions as “reckless”.

He ordered him to carry out 180 hours of unpaid work as part of a 12-month community order. He also ordered that ten penalty points be placed on Robinson's licence when he is allowed to drive again and instructed him to pay £43 in prosecution costs.

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