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Harleston man sentenced after 'aggressive' and 'dangerous' driving which resulted in damage to several other cars

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A 31-year-old man has been given a suspended sentence, a driving ban and has been ordered to pay costs after admitting to driving dangerously along the A47 last year.

Damien Abbott, of Redenhall Road, Harleston appeared at Norwich Crown Court on June 11 after pleading guilty to a number of driving offences.

On 18 September, just before midday, Abbot was seen driving dangerously in a blue Ford Fiesta along the A47 in Norwich, in the direction of Wymondham.

Norwich Crown Court.
Norwich Crown Court.

While driving ‘aggressively’ through slow moving traffic, the court heard how the defendant collided with a number of vehicles, causing damage, and failing to stop, before manoeuvring onto the A11 dual carriageway.

After joining the A11, Abbott was followed by a police car which attempted to stop him. The defendant continued driving erratically until his car was forced to stop by officers.

Abbot was arrested at the scene, before being taken to Wymondham Police Centre for questioning, where he later refused to provide a blood sample for analysis.

Abbot was subsequently charged with dangerous driving; failing to stop after a road traffic accident that caused damage; and failing to provide an evidential sample.

Abbot was given an eight-month prison sentence, suspended for 21 months. He was also disqualified from driving for 18 months, and ordered to pay £250 in costs.

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