A Chippenham man has been disqualified from driving for two years after pleading guilty to dangerous driving.

Lewis Box, aged 20, of Wetherby Close, was sentenced at Swindon Magistrates Court on 19 December.

On the evening of 7 July 2018, a group of three friends had arranged a lift with Box from Corsham to Chippenham.

Box drove the group in his Citroen C1 along the A4 and down Chequers Hill at high speed. Despite the three passengers asking Box to slow down, he continued to increase his speed reaching approximately 90mph.

Officers who were parked up in a layby at the bottom of Chequers Hill witnessed the Citroen pass them at high speed – the vehicle then started to move from side to side before colliding with another car.

PC Andy Lee said: “Box was travelling at such speed that the impact of the collision has caused his vehicle to spin off to the right violently, into the verge on the opposite carriageway, before rolling multiple times.

“The officers who witnessed the incident remained with Box while emergency services attended and were able to cut him free from the vehicle.”

As well as the disqualification, he was given a 12 week prison sentence suspended for 12 months, ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work, pay a victim surcharge of £85 and Crown Prosecution Service costs of £85.

PC Lee added: “It is really fortunate that nobody was seriously injured in this incident. I hope that releasing this footage of the collision highlights the dangers and consequences of driving dangerously. The speed limits on our roads are there for your own safety – please respect them and other road users by driving within the limit at all times.”


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