Careless driver caused police car to brake and swerve near Bude
AN ARMY reservist was fined and given nine penalty points on his licence after overtaking on the A39 near Bude and causing a police car to slam on its brakes and swerve.
On Thursday at Truro Crown Court, Oliver Wilkinson, 35, appealed the sentence which was imposed on him by magistrates at Bodmin in November last year.
Ramsay Quaife, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said police received a call from a concerned driver who said he had seen an Audi A4 being driven badly.
Officers were asked to look out for the vehicle and two police constables spotted it coming towards them on the wrong side of the road on the A39 where they said there was poor visibility.
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Mr Quaife said the officer who was driving had to slam on his brakes and swerve to avoid colliding with the Audi, which it was later found was being driven by Mr Wilkinson, who was later spoken to by police in Camelford.
Mr Wilkinson, of Westhorpe, Stowmarket, Suffolk, was fined £600 and given nine penalty points for driving without due care and attention.
During the appeal, Mr Wilkinson, who represented himself, argued that he did not accept his driving had been as careless as the officers said.
Mr Wilkinson, who also owns a vehicle diagnostics business, said he drove a large number of miles each year but had been told that he could not renew his commercial driving licence with nine points on his licence.
Judge Christopher Harvey Clark, QC, who sat on the appeal alongside two magistrates, said: “We are conscious of the fact that you need a commercial insurance policy in order to carry out work.”
The penalty points were reduced to six and the fine was reduced from £600 to £265.