Jail threat to motorist

A BANNED South Normanton motorist could be locked up again for taking a car without permission and causing a three-vehicle accident

Ryan Bailey was attempting a U-turn in the village at 8am on 3rd November when the Vauxhall Astra collided with the front of a Volvo, which was pushed into the front of a coach parked at a bus stop.

Volvo driver David Skelding suffered a minor chest injury in the collision, Becky Mahon, prosecuting, told magistrates at Chesterfield.

“The defendant was driving his partner’s vehicle. She was at her parents’ address when he turned up in the damaged Astra.

“She had not given him permission to drive it and she told him to contact police, which he did,” said Ms Mahon.

She told the court Bailey had an appalling motoring record, including three previous convictions for driving while banned and a jail sentence for dangerous driving.

Bailey (34), an electrician, of Carter Lane East, South Normanton, admitted charges of aggravated vehicle-taking and driving while disqualified and without insurance.

Presiding magistrate David Sobjak adjourned sentence until Monday for probation service reports and warned Bailey he could be jailed.

Parminder Samrai, for Bailey, said he took the car because he wanted to buy cigarettes.

“He decided to drive to a local garage and then decided to go to a village store. He did a U-turn and his view was obstructed by parked vehicles on a bend and there was an accident.

“Within 20 minutes he contacted police. He feels great remorse. He has taken giant steps since he came out of prison in 2005. He works full-time, he has a partner and child and he had kept out of trouble for seven years,” said Mr Samrai.

The court was told that Bailey remained banned until he passed an extended driving test.