Teenager defends own case and wins

PUBLISHED: 12:40 24 January 2008 | UPDATED: 10:01 04 May 2010

A FORDHAM teenager successfully defended himself in court this week, and was acquitted of inconsiderate driving after a trial. The Crown Prosecution Service alleged that in full view of a police officer, motorist Daron Davis had forced an oncoming car to

A FORDHAM teenager successfully defended himself in court this week, and was acquitted of inconsiderate driving after a trial.

The Crown Prosecution Service alleged that in full view of a police officer, motorist Daron Davis had forced an oncoming car to take evasive action and drive on to a verge, as the two vehicles met on a single track road.

But the 18-year-old produced photo-graphs of the scene, showing two cars side by side, and claimed: "We would have both got through if he had continued."

Davis, who has been driving for 14 months, told magistrates that he had reduced his speed when he saw the police officer at East Fen Drove in Soham. "The car pulled over to the side to let me through," he added.

Pc Nigel Kinsey said: "If the other car had not stopped, there would have been one very nasty collision. The two males in the car would have suffered injuries, because they were not wearing seat belts."

Announcing the magistrates' decision, chairman Harvey Harrison said: "We find that Daron Davis did slow down and the other car pulled over. There is no evidence of the other driver being inconvenienced."

Davis had admitted driving without a seat belt, and was fined £60 with £35 costs and a £15 surcharge.

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