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Showing 1 - 8 of 8 results for crime type "Driving offences" & area "Wessex"

Lorry driver distracted by social media video jailed for causing the death of three people in A303 collision

The driver of a heavy goods vehicle has been jailed today (24 February 2023) at Winchester Crown Court after he caused a collision on the A303 that tragically killed three people.

| Press Release , Driving offences , Wessex News

HGV driver jailed for causing death by dangerous driving

An HGV driver has been jailed for two years today (13 January 2023) at Swindon Crown Court after he ploughed into the back of a stationary vehicle on the M4, causing the death of Craig Davies.

| Press Release , Driving offences , Wessex News

Basingstoke man sentenced for driving at police officers to avoid arrest

A man from Basingstoke was sentenced on 11 January 2023 for dangerous driving when he drove at police officers to avoid being arrested.

Simon Hardy, 37, was sentenced to 14 months' imprisonment, suspended for 18 months, at Winchester Crown Court.

| Press Release , Driving offences , Wessex News

Man jailed for dangerous driving and injuring police officer

A 40-year-old man from Eynsham, Oxfordshire, has been jailed after he was caught driving on the wrong side of the A419 dual carriageway and for injuring a police officer who he dragged along the road when he tried to escape.

| Press Release , Driving offences , Wessex News

Havant man jailed for dangerous driving and assaulting police officers

A man from Havant who rammed a police car whilst driving a stolen car, injuring two police officers, has been jailed for two-and-a-half years today.

| Press Release , Driving offences , Wessex News

Bournemouth man jailed for causing fatal road traffic collision on A352

A Bournemouth man has been jailed for three years and four months today (7 February 2022) at Bournemouth Crown Court for causing death by dangerous driving.

| Press Release , Driving offences , Wessex News

Drug driver jailed for causing fatal road traffic collision

A man from Salisbury has been jailed for 16 months today (27 August 2021) at Bournemouth Crown Court after pleading guilty to causing death by careless driving when exceeding the prescribed drug limit.

| Press Release , Driving offences , Wessex News

School bus driver sentenced to jail for causing serious injury by dangerous driving

A school bus driver has been sentenced to three years in prison today (9 July 2021) at Winchester Crown Court after the bus he was driving collided with a railway bridge whilst transporting 74 children to school.

| Press Release , Driving offences , Wessex News

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