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Dash-cam footage shows man driving dangerously

December 7, 2017
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A 34-year-old man has been found guilty of dangerous driving. Craig Barlow, of Bridge Court, Newark, attempted to undertake drivers and swerve between lorries having used his phone during the journey, Nottingham Crown Court heard.

As a result of his driving, Barlow clipped the front of a lorry, causing him to swerve and hit a barrier, before crashing into the side of a 46-year-old woman’s car. Thankfully, no one sustained any serious injuries.

The crash happened on 8 August on the A1 Northbound. The jury was told by a witness that she saw Barlow on his phone minutes before the collision and this was backed up with telephone evidence. Dash-cam footage also showed Barlow’s dangerous driving in the moments before the crash.

He was found guilty following a two-day trial and sentenced to a 12-month community order with the requirement of 180 hours of unpaid work, disqualified for 12 months and ordered to pay a total of £1,085 in fines. He will also need to pass an extended driving test when he is allowed to drive again.

DC Nick Wood said: “Luckily, there were no injuries as a result of Barlow’s dangerous driving, but to be honest I don’t know how. The manner in which he was driving combined with the fact he was on his phone is a recipe for devastation.

“The impact this has on the victims are long lasting and I’d like to thank the victim and other members of the public for supporting our investigation throughout.

“This should act as a warning to everyone of the dangers of using a mobile behind the wheel – don’t do it.”

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