Man sentenced after running over traffic marshal

15/06/2017

A motorist who deliberately drove his car towards and struck a Traffic Marshal at a car boot sale, has been sentenced at Stafford Crown Court, after pleading guilty to dangerous driving.

Martin Wiggin, 48, from Stourbridge attended the event on 4 May 2015, which was being held in fields off the Bridgenorth Road, near to Wombourne.

The event organisers had arranged designated car parking areas for visitors which had clear signage and Marshals instructing motorists to the entry and exit points.

Wiggin attended the event.  When he left, he joined a long queue of other vehicles exiting the site. Rather than wait in the queue, he decided to bypass the traffic by leaving the car park via the designated entry point.

The victim spotted the defendant's car being driven above the 5mph speed limit and approached the vehicle. Wiggin continued to drive his car which struck the victim's legs. The victim then stood in front of the defendant's vehicle in order to stop him from going any further.  However, Wiggin continued to drive forward which resulted in the victim ending up on the car's bonnet.

Wiggin was eventually stopped by other Marshals who had locked the entry gates preventing him from leaving. The police were called and Wiggin was arrested.

John Bristow, Senior Crown Prosecutor with West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, said:

"Martin Wiggin's standard of driving fell far below that of the careful and competent driver and it would have been obvious to a careful and competent driver that this was so.

"His behaviour put others at risk at a busy public event, particularly the Marshals who were carrying out a public duty.

"Mr Wiggin has been disqualified from driving for 18 months and until he has passed an extended driving test.  In addition he has been punished with a sentence of two months’ imprisonment suspended for 12 months and costs of £300."