Uninsured driver sentenced


Joseph Ashmead (25) of Brislington appeared before Bristol Crown Court yesterday charged with dangerous driving, contrary to section 2 of the road traffic act.

Although Joseph Ashmead did not hold a driving licence or have valid insurance, he still chose to drive a vehicle on a Saturday morning in February 2017.

The vehicle Joseph Ashmead was driving had failed to stop when instructed to do so and this started what would be a terrifying seven mile ordeal as a pursuit to stop the vehicle took place.

A police helicopter that was already in the area, captured the footage as the vehicle drove at speed, taking dangerous overtakes in heavy traffic, forcing other road users to take evasive action to avoid collision.

Julian Ashmead was sentenced to 9 months imprisonment, disqualified from driving for 15 months and will have to take an extended driving test. His Honour Judge Julian Lambert on sentencing said “This was an appalling piece of dangerous driving. The risks were gross and obvious.”

CPS South West District Crown Prosecutor James Le Grys said “Joseph Ashmead put innocent members of the public at risk through his dangerous disregard for the safety of others. Where sufficient evidence exists, we will always work with the police to bring perpetrators to justice.”