Prison for 'big man' who crashed through roundabout with four children in car
FOUR children had to be taken to hospital after driver James Trigg rammed another car twice and drove over the top of a roundabout.
He refused to get out of his car until police threatened him with a taser, Gloucester Crown Court heard.
And later, when an officer asked him for a breath sample, Trigg refused, telling the officer: "I'm the big man – I know where you live."
Trigg, 36, of Underhill Road, Matson, was jailed for a year after he admitted dangerous driving, possessing cannabis and having no insurance on October 27 last year. He was also banned from driving for three years.
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Lisa Hennessy, prosecuting, said Trigg had two 12-year-old girls and two younger children in the back of his Renault 19 at the time – and an adult passenger in the front.
All four children needed hospital treatment and one was taken from the scene on a stretcher with a neck brace.
The offences began when Trigg rammed the side of Matthew Bennett's car at a junction in Abbeymead Avenue, said Mrs Hennessy.
"He pulled out and drove straight into the front left side of Mr Bennett's Ford Focus, throwing the girls in the back forwards," she said.
"Trigg reversed the car then drove forwards again, crashing into Mr Bennett's rear wing. One of the girls was screaming with fear as Trigg's car headed along Abbeymead Avenue towards Morrisons supermarket. He then drove straight over the roundabout, through the trees in the middle, and landed on the other side where he stopped the car."
A small bag of cannabis was also found on Trigg.
In mitigation, Jon Holmes said: "He is very upset about the danger that he put those children in.
"He is expecting, and he accepts, he will get a prison sentence."