Dangerous driver jailed
A HEAD-ON crash was only narrowly avoided after a car pulled out to overtake other vehicles, a court heard
Both a BMW car and a Ford Transit van were damaged when David Andrew Roberts overtook the vehicles on the A487 south of Aberystwyth on March 30 this year.
Roberts, 32, formerly of Ogwen Terrace, Bethesda but now of Deiniolen, was described as responsible for a “prolonged, serious course of dangerous driving”.
Roberts admitted dangerous driving and failing to provide a sample of blood following his arrest and was jailed for a year.
Paulinus Barnes, prosecuting, told Caernarfon Crown Court Roberts was seen driving a Peugeot 306 on the A487 at about 2.30pm on March 30.
“Anthony Asparassa was driving a BMW and was in a queue of traffic on the road marked with solid white lines. He became aware of a vehicle approaching from the rear at speed,” he said.
The lawyer said the vehicle kept driving up close to before dropping back and swerving from side to side.
After the white lines ended, the Peugeot accelerated to overtake but was too close to the BMW and struck the rear of the car, causing £500 damage. It continued overtaking.
Joel Plumb was driving in the opposite direction, and saw the Peugeot “snaking” but was unconcerned until it reached level with the BMW, when he realised it was attempting to overtake. He had no time to brake and swerved left on to the verge instead, but the Peugeot still struck the side of his van.
Roberts was arrested after a farmer reported “weird people” on his land. Roberts denied taking any drugs or alcohol but refused to give a blood sample.
Defence counsel Elen Owen said Roberts (pictured) had travelled to the Aberystwyth area to watch a car rally. His accomplice, a man called Jason, had given him the keys to the car and “egged him on”.
In addition to the jail term, Roberts was banned from driving for three years and must take and pass an extended retest.