St Ives man ‘lucky’ not to be behind bars after driving wrong way around Huntingdon ring road

Huntingdon Crown Court

Huntingdon Crown Court - Credit: Archant

A ST IVES man was told he was lucky to avoid spending his 28th birthday in prison after admitting a string of driving offences, including driving the wrong way around Huntingdon ring road.

Robert Sneddon, of Spencer Drive, drove along Ermine Street on February 8 and took a right instead of a left at the ring road junction.

Anthony Hook, prosecuting at Huntingdon Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, said that an off duty police officer saw Sneddon, who turns 28 this Friday, cross both lanes of the ring road and crash into the kerb.

“The police officer who had just finished his shift was coming around the ring road, coming the correct way of course. When he got close to the Territorial pub he saw the defendant’s car coming towards him,” Mr Hook said.

When officers arrived Sneddon ran off and after a short chase was arrested.

Mr Hook said Sneddon, who was “clearly drunk”, was unable to provide a breath specimen.

Magistrates also heard that at about 2.30am on July 28, Sneddon caused damage to a Hyundai i30 and a Ford Fiesta which were parked in Bletchley Police Station car park in Sherwood Drive. A Vauxhall Vectra van, borrowed from his father, damaged the cars before Sneddon drove off towards the centre of Bletchley.

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Mr Hook told the court that police were called at about 3.20am after Sneddon crashed in Milton Keynes – when officers arrived Sneddon started to run.

“Pc Irwin caught up with him at which point Mr Sneddon attacked Pc Irwin, punching him with his fist and a mobile phone,” Mr Hook said.

The officer received a deep cut to his left eye in the attack. Sneddon was arrested and failed to provide a test for specimen for drink-driving.

Kevin Warboys, mitigating, said that in both occasions Sneddon panicked when he saw the police. He added that Sneddon felt intimidated and was unable to give a sample.

Sneddon previously admitted assaulting a constable in execution of his duty, driving without due care and attention, two counts of failing to provide a specimen, failing to report an accident and driving a motor vehicle dangerously.

Susan Brown, chairman of the bench, told Sneddon: “You are very lucky we are not going to imprison you.”

Sneddon was banned from driving for three years. He was also given a nine-week sentence for dangerous driving, a nine-week sentence for failing to provide a specimen and four weeks in prison for assaulting a police constable. All prison sentences were suspended for two years.

He was also given a 24-month probation order and must undertake 12 sessions of an alcohol treatment requirement. He was also ordered to pay £150 costs.