Man found guilty of dangerous driving
A man who undertook motorists and swerved between lorries before crashing into a car has been found guilty of dangerous driving.
Craig Barlow, of Bridge Court, Balderton, was seen on his phone by a witness minutes before the collision on the A1 northbound, near Newark, on August 8.
The 34-year-old then clipped the front of a lorry, causing him to swerve and hit a barrier, before crashing into the side of a 46-year-old woman’s car. No one sustained any serious injuries.
Dash-cam footage also showed Barlow’s dangerous driving in the moments before the crash.
He was found guilty following a two-day trial at Nottingham Crown Court and sentenced to a 12-month community order, and ordered to complete 180 hours of unpaid work. He was disqualified from driving for a year and ordered to pay a total of £1,085 in fines. He must also pass an extended driving test before being allowed to drive again.
DC Nick Wood said: “Luckily, there were no injuries as a result of Barlow’s dangerous driving, but I don’t know how.
“The manner in which he was driving, combined with the fact he was on his phone, is a recipe for devastation.
“The impact this has on the victims of such crimes are long lasting and I’d like to thank the victim and other members of the public for supporting our investigation throughout.
“This should act as a warning to everyone of the dangers of using a mobile behind the wheel – don’t do it.”