Danger-driver ‘was trying to crash his car’

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A 31-YEAR-OLD man has admitted driving dangerously along the A170 after taking his sister’s Ford Focus without her consent.

Scarborough magistrates heard that David Gregory Watson, from Page Lane in Wombleton, appeared to want to deliberately crash the vehicle while he was driving near Kirkbymoorside in February.

He also admitted charges including: aggravated vehicle taking and vehicle damage, failing to stop, possession of a blade, driving while disqualified and driving without insurance.

Steven Ovenden, prosecuting, said armed response officers were called to the scene because it was believed that Watson was also carrying a knife.

He said: “Officers could see that the vehicle was travelling towards them. They were waiting at a roundabout. It was 10 o’clock in the evening and they saw the vehicle come to a stop. They were waiting for it to pass.”

Mr Ovenden added that the Ford paused at the roundabout but then moved out from the junction causing another car to brake sharply.

He said that officers believed that it had been a deliberate attempt to crash and Watson then travelled alongside a dark BMW along a long and sweeping bend in the road.

“The vehicle approached speeds of up to 80mph. Suddenly, without warning, the vehicle applied its brakes in an emergency stop,” he said.

He added that Watson tried once again to move off, was revving the engine loudly, but was eventually removed from the car.

Officers found a knife and there was a strong smell of burning because the clutch had burned out.

Richard North, mitigating, said that Watson became upset because members of his family were away at the time. He added: “He went to look for them. He fully understood what he’d done and the seriousness of it.”

Magistrates agreed to sentencing being deferred for the six-month period and urged him to comply with the support provided by Learning Disability Services.