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Man sentenced following dangerous driving incident

05 Oct 2017 08:00 AM

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A man has been sentenced following an incident of dangerous driving in which the van he was driving crashed into a home in Wallsend.

30 year-old David Scott, Wallsend, caused significant damage to the home after driving a vehicle with defective brakes.  

David Scott has been sentenced to 20 weeks immediate custody with a 2 year disqualification which begins when he is released from custody. Scott will also have to take an extended driving test and pay a victim surcharge of £115 and compensation to the Fidler family of £200. 

Nicola Fidler, the homeowner said: "First of all we want to say thank you to the witness, our friends and family and to all of the officers at Northumbria police who have helped us. We would like to say how pleased we are with the decisions that have been made, we feel we as a family have finally got justice.

"This was very important to our 9 year-old son who has suffered with PTSD since the incident and has found living in our home very difficult. David Scott doesn't release how much his bad choices have affected our family, as we were forced to move and all deal with the lasting effects of what happened. 

"Hopefully this is going to be a deterrent to other drivers who think it is ok to drive in a vehicle in a dangerous condition, without a driving licence and without any insurance."

Sergeant Jason Ryder, Northumbria Police Motor Patrols said “You have a responsibility as a motorist to ensure the vehicle you are driving complies with road safety laws and legislations.

“We’re pleased with the sentencing today and hope it acts as an example to other drivers. This reckless behaviour caused substantial damage to this family home and he was very lucky not to have injured anyone.”