Father and Son In Court on Same Charge After Mix Up With Paperwork
A MIX up over court paperwork led to father and son Patrick and Jason Woodbridge appearing in court side by side this week – facing exactly the same charge. Eighteen-year-old Jason – who had been filmed by an off-duty police officer as he performed handbr
A MIX up over court paperwork led to father and son Patrick and Jason Woodbridge appearing in court side by side this week - facing exactly the same charge.
Eighteen-year-old Jason - who had been filmed by an off-duty police officer as he performed handbrake turns, admitted careless driving.
But his father Patrick - who had been convicted of the offence in error earlier this month, but with his son's date of birth, had the case against him withdrawn.
Forty-eight-year-old Patrick Woodbridge was angry to find himself in court: "I have lost money by being here today, because someone has not done their job," he complained.
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Prosecuting, Yetunde Fawehinmi told how PC Mark Lappin - a police advanced driver - was at home when he became aware of a car travelling up and down Downham Road in Ely on April 29, breaking heavily, and driving in an anti-social manner.
He looked out of a window and saw a red Astra car parked in the school lay-by, and the car then drove off with its wheels screeching.
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"He used a camera to video the vehicle, it did a hand-brake turn across the road," said Mrs Fawehinmi.
In a statement, the officer said Jason Woodbridge's driving was poor, and fell below the standard expected.
"It caused the officer annoyance, because of the anti-social manner of the driving," she said.
The court heard that the teenager already had 11 points on his driving record, having convictions for driving without insurance or a licence, and careless driving. His licence had already been revoked by DVLA.
The 18-year-old pointed out to magistrates that the officer had not seen him speeding or braking heavily. He admitted he had driven off with his wheels spinning, and had performed a hand-brake turn, and the CPS agreed he should be sentenced for only those matters.
"It was stupid of me, and I realised what I have done, now I have lost my licence," he said. "I now realise how valuable a licence is."
Woodbridge, of Steward Close, Stuntney, was fined £65, and ordered to pay £35 costs and a £15 surcharge.