Dangerous driver sentenced following bus crash

 14/11/2018

​A MAN has been disqualified from driving for 18 months after causing a collision with a bus.
 
Nathan Matthews, of Dalton Crescent, Shildon, was given a 12 week prison sentence suspended for 12 months, and ordered to pay £515 in costs, as well as carry out 60 hours unpaid work.
 
The incident took place in March this year on Middleton Road, Shildon, when the 21-year-old, in a fit of road rage, tailgated the Arriva bus for around a mile, before overtaking and braking harshly, resulting in the two vehicles colliding.
 
Despite claiming to have been trying to avoid an animal in the road, CCTV footage from the bus clearly showed Matthews driving in an aggressive and dangerous manner.
 
Charged with dangerous driving, Matthews pleaded not guilty, but was found guilty at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, November 13.
 
Investigating Officer Lee Tweddell, from Durham Constabulary Roads Policing Unit, said: “Fortunately there were no serious injuries in this incident, but someone could have very easily been hurt or killed by the way Matthews was driving that day.
 
“We’ve been able to gather a significant body of evidence during this investigation, and I hope this result shows that every effort will be made to prosecute those who drive without any regard for other members of the public.
 
“Dangerous driving is not something you can talk your way out of.”
 
Watch the CCTV footage here: https://bit.ly/2qM6UNm