ECHO COMMENT: Dangerous drivers who put lives at risk on Gloucestershire's roads must face jail
DANGEROUS driving, driving while disqualified, driving without a licence, driving without insurance, failing to provide a specimen, taking a vehicle without consent and failing to stop when required by an officer.
A list of charges being faced by a string of defendants at the Crown Court?
No. All these offences were admitted by one man after an afternoon in which he could have brought carnage to the roads of Gloucestershire.
It is more by luck than judgment that Kieran Ward wasn’t facing manslaughter charges after his 70mph drive in 30mph residential areas one afternoon last month.
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Ward wrote to Judge Jamie Tabor before he was sentenced admitting that he was “bang out of order and extremely dangerous to the public”.
If he thought such a public display of contrition might help him escape a prison sentence, thankfully he was wrong.
The only point of debate is whether the 14-month jail sentence handed to Ward was anywhere near long enough.
This is a man who already had 21 previous convictions for 61 offences before he fled police in a BMW X1 that had been stolen the previous day.
The pursuing officers’ only option to stop Ward was to ram the vehicle after he continued to try to escape after hitting a garden wall.
Judge Tabor said he had to make it clear that if young men behaved like this, they would inevitably face a jail sentence.
He is absolutely right. It is not just about the message it sends out to others, but also is a punishment that fits the crime.