Dan­ger­ous driver jailed

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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.

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