Crash into home and cars was caused by disqualified Bingham driver

Benjamin Ellis.
Benjamin Ellis.
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A disqualified motorist who caused thousands of pounds of damage when he crashed into several parked cars and a house, has been sent to prison.

Benjamin Ellis drove so quickly as he approached a level crossing in Fairfield Street in Bingham on December 5, that the car left the road.

It careered into a number of stationary vehicles and then struck the wall of a nearby house.

Ellis, 30, had to be taken to hospital to be treated for serious injuries.

An investigation found that he was a disqualified driver and should not have been behind the wheel.

He had also refused to co-operate when requested to give a sample of blood to determine his alcohol levels.

He was charged with dangerous driving and driving while disqualified, as well as failing to provide his name and co-operating with a preliminary test.

Ellis, of St Mary’s Road, Bingham, appeared at Nottingham Crown Court on Tuesday (March 22) and admitted the charges.

He was given a 112-week prison sentence and disqualified from driving for a further ten years.

Investigating officer PC John Goodman said: “Given the speed and recklessness with which Ellis drove his car that night it is extremely fortunate that no one else was injured.

“The fact is that he should simply not have been behind the wheel at all. He was already disqualified following a previous conviction for drink-driving.

“As well as extensive damage to property and injury to himself, he has caused unnecessary distress, inconvenience and expense to an elderly homeowner, who had lost a close relative in a fatal collision some years ago.

“All of this which would have been avoided had he observed his disqualification period.”

PC Goodman added: “Driving at excess speed and under the influence of alcohol are two of the Fatal Four elements which are responsible for most deaths and serious injuries on our roads.

“We are extremely grateful today that we are not discussing a fatal collision caused by the reckless and selfish behaviour of a man who has absolutely no regard for the safety of any other road user.

“The judge expressed his frustration at the maximum sentence available to him, but Ellis now faces not only prison but the prospect of many years when he will barred from driving any vehicle at the risk of returning to prison if he ever attempts to.”