Uninsured driver who admitted ‘terrible’ driving is spared jail

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AN uninsured motorist who seriously injured two of his passengers when he crashed his car into a wall was spared jail by a judge on Wednesday.

Max Green was giving three of his friends a lift back from college in Grantham to Melton Mowbray when he lost control after overtaking another car on the A607 just before the village of Denton.

Lincoln Crown Court heard the 21-year-old chef skidded sideways down the road and hit a traffic island before coming to rest against a garden wall.

The driver travelling in front of Green estimated his speed at 70 mph when he attempted to overtake him.

One of Green’s passengers, 17-year-old Hayden Wakefield, was unable to get out of the vehicle and feared it was on fire.

He spent 13 days in hospital with a fractured pelvis and broken finger after being cut from the car.

Another passenger, Michaela White, suffered a broken collar bone, while the third passenger, Rachel Bernard, suffered a sprained neck.

Chris Geeson, prosecuting, told the court: “This was a terrible piece of dangerous driving with some horrible consequences.”

During interview Green estimated his speed at 55mph and admitted to being involved in a previous accident. Investigations showed he had no insurance for the car.

Green later claimed he thought he had insured the car using an internet site. In mitigation the court was told Green bitterly regretted injuring his friends.

Green, of Buttermere Close, Melton Mowbray, admitted dangerous driving on 13 July last year.

He was sentenced to nine months imprisonment suspended for two years, ordered to carry out 300 hours unpaid work in the community and pay £340 costs.

He was also banned from driving for two years and ordered to take an extended driving test.

Passing sentence Judge Sean Morris told Green he deserved jail but could be spared because of his guilty plea and the short period of bad driving.

Judge Morris told him: “Like many young men you thought you were invincible, but you are not.”