Disqualified driver faces four-year ban after Newport prang

PUBLISHED: 15:04 07 March 2017 | UPDATED: 16:02 07 March 2017

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A disqualified driver who failed to stop after a crash in Newport has received a 16-week suspended prison sentence and a four year driving ban.

Claire Shaw, 53, of Steeple Bumpstead, was handed down the sentence at Colchester Magistrates’ Court on Monday, February 27.

She admitted driving while disqualified, driving with no insurance, driving without due care and attention, failing to stop following an accident and failing to report an accident to police.

She was ordered to pay £115 victim surcharge and £85 costs.

A 36-year-old victim reported a collision that took place at around 12.50pm on Wednesday, August 8, 2016, where a Citroen Saxo failed to stop after colliding with a black Vauxhall Meriva in High Street, Newport, and gave the police the vehicle’s number plate details,

Investigations revealed the car belonged to Shaw, who was already serving a 14-month driving disqualification due to expire just two days later.

Essex Police casualty reduction manager, Adam Pipe, said: “Shaw was just two days away from completing her driving ban yet still got into a car before hitting another motorist and fleeing the incident scene.

“Shaw believed she was above the law and her own disqualification. Her actions were irresponsible and she has been banned her for a further four years and has been handed a suspended prison sentence.”

“The roads will be a safer place without drivers like Shaw behind the wheel of a car.”

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