Father in court for driving at officer

York Crown Court
York Crown Court

A SCARBOROUGH father has appeared in court for repeatedly driving towards a police officer.

Kevin Stainton, 49, of Gildercliffe, appeared before York Crown Court to face one charge of dangerous driving.

The court heard that during the offence Stainton had been “emotional” as a result of being told that his daughter had been the victim of an alleged serious assault.

The incident took place on January 15 this year, when after rushing his child to hospital, Stainton returned to his home in Gildercliffe to find police officers in attendance.

When one of the police officers asked him to stop, Stainton drove repeatedly towards, stopping short and reversing away.

He then drove his Land Rover round the officer, travelling up and over an embankment.

Stainton appeared before the court on a charge of dangerous driving, however his guilty plea to an alternative charge of careless driving was accepted by the prosecution.

Not guilty verdicts were entered on two further offences of assaulting and resisting officers after the prosecution were unable to offer any evidence.

Ruth Cranidge, mitigating, said that her client had been in “an emotional state” after being told about the alleged incident involving his daughter.

She described Stainton as being still close to tears during his later police interview.

Stainton was placed under a 12 month conditional discharg and was ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £15 and had three penalty points placed on his driving licence.