Driver caught 'drifting' at car meets given ban

A 26-year-old man has been banned from driving for 18 months after he was found driving dangerously at two "car meets".

On 1 July last year, Jaymie Currie, from Fletton, Peterborough, was caught on video “drifting” round a roundabout at speed in a black BMW, in John Wesley Road, Werrington.

He was issued with a Section 59 warning under the Police Reform Act 2022, meaning his car could be seized and further action taken should he be involved in anti-social behaviour again.

Two months later, on 2 September, police were called to a car meet in Waterworth Road, Alwalton, near Peterborough. Currie was identified in video footage drifting in another car, and the vehicle was seized.

Pedestrian seriously injured

The silver BMW was examined and several major defects were identified, making it unroadworthy, dangerous to drive and in such a poor condition that it wouldn’t have passed an MoT.

In interview, Currie, of Earls Court, Fletton, admitted being the driver of the silver BMW and changing its wheels, but he claimed he was unaware of the other defects.

He appeared at Peterborough Magistrates’ Court on 28 June, where he admitted a charge of dangerous driving. He was disqualified for 18 months and told to pass an extended retest before he could regain his licence.

He was also ordered to complete a 20-day rehabilitation activity requirement and 140 hours of unpaid work.

BMW seen drifting
Jaymie Currie, the driver of the BMW seen drifting at a car meet, has been banned from driving for 18 months [Cambridgeshire Police ]

Police had been called to the Alwalton car meet in September when a pedestrian was hit by a purple Mazda and suffered serious head and leg injuries.

Albert Hall, 22, of Stanwick, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, was arrested and charged with causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

He has admitted the offence and is due to be sentenced on 12 August at Cambridge Crown Court.

PC James Goose said: “Currie has shown a blatant disregard for other road users by driving in a dangerous and anti-social manner, and is very lucky there was no collision, which could have been fatal to onlookers, himself or other road users.

“Car meets have been a problem in Peterborough for some time and is something that the road policing unit, alongside other departments such as neighbourhood policing, have been tackling.”

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