Lengthy ban for ‘aggressive’ link road driver

North Devon Magistrates Court, Barnstaple

North Devon Magistrates Court, Barnstaple - Credit: Archant

Magistrates ban valet driver for 18 months

A PROFESSIONAL driver has been banned from getting behind the wheel for 18 months after a court heard he had been driving ‘aggressively’ on the A361 North Devon Link Road.

Christopher Hollis, 30, of Richmond Close, Torquay, told police he didn’t think his driving had been that bad after being pulled over in his silver Ford Mondeo by officers near South Molton on the evening of September 27 last year.

But on Friday, he pleaded guilty to dangerous driving at North Devon Magistrates’ Court in Barnstaple.

The court heard how Hollis had been observed driving at ‘excessive speed’ during a period of miles punctuated by a series of dangerous overtaking manoeuvres.


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Jennifer Law, defending, said Hollis was ‘extremely remorseful’ but had been suffering stomach cramps and wanted to get off the road.

She said: “There were no collisions, no accidents and no evidence of drug or alcohol misuse.

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“Mr Hollis is employed as a driver doing valet work and he drives all the time. His employment will be lost as a result of a ban.”

Magistrate Robin Hagley said: “The several elements to this can be summed up as aggressive driving by someone who to all intents and purposes is a professional driver.

“The North Devon Link Road is a particularly dangerous road and people repeatedly break the highway laws there.”

He imposed an 18-month driving ban, 100-hours of unpaid work and £85 courts costs. He also warned Hollis that he would need to take an extended driving test to get his licence back and the end of his ban.

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