Driver banned for a year after flipping car onto its roof

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Daniel James Wilson, of Route de Maufant, St Saviour, was also ordered to pay £400 towards the prosecution costs and told he must pass a Jersey driving test when his ban expires if he wants to get behind the wheel again.

Wilson was found guilty of dangerous driving earlier this month after Assistant Magistrate Peter Harris concluded he was driving at about two and a half times the 15 mph speed limit in the green lane Rue du Haut, St Brelade, when his car clipped a low bank and flipped on to its roof.

Mr Harris said that Wilson was driving too quickly on a narrow road in wet conditions when the accident happened on the night of 17 December.

He also highlighted that Wilson’s two passengers said that he was driving too fast.

He added that the defendant’s estimation that his speed was in the low 20s was ‘woefully inaccurate’.

The defendant had argued that the accident was caused as he swerved to avoid a cat but Mr Harris said the driving fell far below standards that would be expected.

Meanwhile, Wilson pleaded guilty to careless driving on the evening of 25 June when he went through a red light at the pedestrian crossing at the Weighbridge end of the Tunnel as he drove towards the Steam Clock.

Police legal adviser Advocate Chris Baglin took the court through a short piece of CCTV video footage that showed the defendant driving his Ford Fiesta through the red light five seconds after the colour had changed.

However, Advocate Baglin said: ‘There was no suggestion of excessive speed and when he was stopped, he said that he had simply not noticed the light.’

Wilson further admitted speeding at 30 mph in a 20 mph zone at about 9.40 pm on 26 April on the road that runs along St Brelade’s Bay.

Advocate James Bell, defending, said that the defendant regretted the manner of his driving on those additional two occasions.

He submitted that Wilson had already suffered financial loss as a result of the increase in his insurance premiums. He told the court that going through the red light was a ‘momentary lapse in concentration’.

When found guilty of dangerous driving earlier in the month, an immediate interim driving ban was imposed and Advocate Bell said that this was already causing the defendant practical difficulties in getting to and from work.

In sentencing, Mr Harris said that he agreed that the red light offence was in the lowest category of careless driving and fined him £300. He was fined £85 for speeding and £1,900 for the dangerous driving in Rue de Haut.

During sentencing, Mr Harris said: ‘When you are driving again, please be extra careful about how you drive.’

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