A 24-YEAR-OLD has been jailed for dangerous driving after a crash which left another motorist hospitalised.
Carl Taylor, of Broadway, Hawarden, was sentenced to nine months, banned from driving for four years and ordered to take an extended retest.
The court heard three cars shot out of a side road without stopping and the third crashed into the side of a vehicle being driven along a main road at Penyffordd, near Chester, by Louise Astbury from her workplace to Broughton.
She suffered a collapsed lung, had pain and bruising all over her body, other injuries including one to her right foot and was in hospital for two weeks.
But Judge Philip Hughes, sitting at Mold Crown Court, said there was no evidence Taylor had been racing when he caused the crash.
But the picture that emerged was one where three friends driving in convoy had all pulled out of the side road without stopping.
The phrase ‘boy racers’ had been used by witnesses, who also spoke of loud exhausts.
Judge Hughes said: “It seems to me that it was highly likely that you would want to keep up with your friends when you pulled out of the side road without taking any precautions whatsoever.”
The judge said the case was aggravated by the fact Taylor had been in custody previously for dangerous driving.
Emmalyne Downing, prosecuting, told how Taylor struck her car to the side and the impact turned it around so it pointed back in the direction she came from. Another car swerved to avoid the collision but struck Taylor’s car.
Taylor, who had three passengers, kept shouting “I didn’t see her”
Brian Treadwell, defending, said Taylor had changed from the time when he had previous convictions.
He said it was momentary inattention – he saw the car ahead pull out of the junction and assumed it was safe for him to do so.