Video: Mobile phone footage leads to driving ban
DRAMATIC footage of a car crash filmed two years ago on a mobile phone has led to a driving ban and community service for a Brampton man. Ashley Lawrence of Lenton Close pleaded guilty to dangerous driving after being captured on video pulling a handbrak
DRAMATIC footage of a car crash filmed two years ago on a mobile phone has led to a driving ban and community service for a Brampton man.
Ashley Lawrence of Lenton Close pleaded guilty to dangerous driving after being captured on video pulling a handbrake turn and smashing a car into a tree.
Shown as evidence at Huntingdon Law Courts on Wednesday (June 3) the video was filmed by one of his friends who was a passenger in the vehicle.
In the video Lawrence can be heard revving the car's engine before speeding off.
Throughout the footage two girls can be heard in the back laughing and the teenage cameraman can be heard joking about being killed in the car.
He says: 'Mum, if I'm going to die, I love you'.
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He later turns to the girls and says: 'Imagine if we crashed and died'.
The cameraman then pans the speed dial to show the vehicle gaining speed.
Someone in the car then shouts: 'We're going to die, oh sxxx we're going to die.'
The girls then scream and you can hear a loud bang as the car ploughs into a tree.
Lawrence says: 'I've just crashed - oh my fxxxxxx God. Is everyone okay?'
To which one of the girls replies: 'I've got beer in my eye.'
Lawrence is then heard to say: 'Chill out, chill out'. He starts reversing the car and the video ends.
The phone was found two years later by police, who examined the footage and recognised Lawrence now aged 20. The vehicle has not been found, the exact date of the offence is unknown and the road it took place on has not been identified.
After pleading guilty to dangerous driving and driving without insurance, Lawrence was banned from driving for 18 months, ordered to complete 100 hours unpaid community work and to pay £300 court costs. For driving without insurance he was given a driving ban of six months to run concurrent.
His Honour Judge Moloney QC described the footage as appalling. He said: "This was deliberate dangerous driving to show off to your friends." He added: "I see stories in the paper every few weeks of young people being killed because of really silly driving because they see a car as a toy."
In Lawrence's defence, John Kirkpatrick, said: "My client was an irresponsible 17-year-old drifting the wrong way and mixing with people likely to get into trouble. Over the last two years he has matured. The court is sentencing someone who is now a completely different being to the person seen in the video showing off to his friends."
He added that although the offence looked "appalling" on the video, the car stayed on the left side of the road and the handbrake turn took place at low speed.
Mr Kirkpatrick described Lawrence as a hardworking family man and added: "He (Lawrence) has held his hands up to dangerous driving and has admitted it was totally irresponsible and that it was not funny or clever. He realises it was a serious incident and that he has to pay the price.