‘Tailgating’ pals in Blaina car mayhem jailed

South Wales Argus: ‘Tailgating’ pals in Blaina car mayhem jailed ‘Tailgating’ pals in Blaina car mayhem jailed

TWO friends who raced each other at excessive speeds before one crashed down a 30-metre embankment and hit six cars in a Blaina street have been jailed.

Ben Warren, 25, and Gavin Morris, 26, had been “tailgating” each other at more than 70mph in their Vauxhall Astras, when one lost control, hit the kerb, and smashed through a wooden fence on the A467, a court heard.

Warren hurtled down an embankment, destroying woodland, before crash landing onto parked cars on South Griffin Terrace in Blaina, causing extensive damage, Cardiff Crown Court heard yesterday.

The court was told Warren miraculously managed to survive the incident on October 8 with just a bump to his head, climbing back up the embankment before jumping into the car of Morris and being driven off.

Morris, from Oxford Street, Abertillery, received a 12 month sentence for dangerous driving. He admitted failing to stop but received no separate penalty. He was disqualified from driving for three years, and his licence was endorsed.

Warren, of Victoria Street, Abertillery, was handed a 13 month sentence for dangerous driving and failing to stop. He also had no licence or insurance, but received no separate penalties. He was also disqualified from driving for three years, and had his licence endorsed.

Both men admitted all charges at an earlier hearing.

Jason Howells, prosecuting, said Morris had told police after being cautioned that he had expected to find his friend dead from the accident.

“But Warren climbed into his car and screamed ‘get me out of here’,” Mr Howells added. He said Warren had admitted losing control of the back of the car, which caused him to crash.

“He doesn’t remember anything after hitting the kerb,” Mr Howells added.

Defending the pair, Lowri Wynn-Morgan said both men had shown “considerable remorse”.

Of Morris, who has no previous criminal history, she said: “In interview he admitted his actions were stupid and dangerous.

“He suffers from anxiety and depression and is on a high-level of anti-depressants.

“There is concern he may struggle if given an immediate custodial sentence.”

Defending Warren, she said: “He has told me he intends to write letters to the victims to express his apologies.”

But sentencing them, Judge Niclas Parry, said there were aggravating features.

He said: “You raced on a public highway, at excessive speed, for the fun of it. You did it for your own kicks, at the expense and suffering of others. There was an inevitable collision and one of the cars crashed, as if out of the sky, into six other vehicles.

“It is not short of miraculous that no-one was hurt. The aggravating feature is you fled the scene, despite one member of the public pleading with you. ‘You can’t leave,’ she said. But you did.”

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2:40pm Tue 10 Dec 13

NakedDancer says...

Since when does failing to stop, having no insurance or licence not incur a penalty ? Pure luck no innocent party was killed. Throw every charge in the book at the selfish idiots.
Since when does failing to stop, having no insurance or licence not incur a penalty ? Pure luck no innocent party was killed. Throw every charge in the book at the selfish idiots. NakedDancer

3:23pm Tue 10 Dec 13

jimmysmith says...

they got away with it really. they should have got at least three yrs a piece
they got away with it really. they should have got at least three yrs a piece jimmysmith

7:56pm Tue 10 Dec 13

Limestonecowboy says...

Lunatics.
Lunatics. Limestonecowboy

11:13am Wed 11 Dec 13

Lliswerry Man says...

NakedDancer wrote:
Since when does failing to stop, having no insurance or licence not incur a penalty ? Pure luck no innocent party was killed. Throw every charge in the book at the selfish idiots.
I agree, once again backroom discussions for early admission no doubt, getting more and more like America everyday. They were guilty and should have had penalties like the rest of the Motorists do who do not follow highway law.
Should we all drive with no insurance? licence? come on CPS pull your fingers out, do what we expect of you.
[quote][p][bold]NakedDancer[/bold] wrote: Since when does failing to stop, having no insurance or licence not incur a penalty ? Pure luck no innocent party was killed. Throw every charge in the book at the selfish idiots.[/p][/quote]I agree, once again backroom discussions for early admission no doubt, getting more and more like America everyday. They were guilty and should have had penalties like the rest of the Motorists do who do not follow highway law. Should we all drive with no insurance? licence? come on CPS pull your fingers out, do what we expect of you. Lliswerry Man

2:39pm Wed 11 Dec 13

youngashie says...

It seems to be the norm these days for soft judges to hand out soft sentences it is about time they did what they are paid for and did their jobs properly and handed out sentences to fit the crime. I wonder if this judge would have been so soft on this pair if his car had been one of the parked cars that was wrecked by the actions of this pair of IDIOTS.
It seems to be the norm these days for soft judges to hand out soft sentences it is about time they did what they are paid for and did their jobs properly and handed out sentences to fit the crime. I wonder if this judge would have been so soft on this pair if his car had been one of the parked cars that was wrecked by the actions of this pair of IDIOTS. youngashie

5:27pm Wed 11 Dec 13

zooportandproudofit says...

"Warren, of Victoria Street, Abertillery, was handed a 13 month sentence for dangerous driving and failing to stop. He also had no licence or insurance, but received no separate penalties. He was also disqualified from driving for three years, and had his licence endorsed."

Anyone know when the disqualification starts ? while he's inside,when he 's released or when he actually gets a license ? Wonder if he actually gives a.....
Doubt it somehow...
"Warren, of Victoria Street, Abertillery, was handed a 13 month sentence for dangerous driving and failing to stop. He also had no licence or insurance, but received no separate penalties. He was also disqualified from driving for three years, and had his licence endorsed." Anyone know when the disqualification starts ? while he's inside,when he 's released or when he actually gets a license ? Wonder if he actually gives a..... Doubt it somehow... zooportandproudofit

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