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York Man Jailed for Trying to Dodge Second Speeding Offence

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12:33pm 13th December 2013

A York man has been jailed for four months after trying to evade a speeding conviction.

20-year-old Jack Scorby Armstrong of Beech Avenue, Bishopthorpe, York, was handed the sentence at York Crown Court today for perverting the course of justice after being caught speeding by North Yorkshire Police’s mobile safety camera.

He was first recorded on 10 June 2013, travelling at 40mph on Temple Lane, Copmanthorpe, through a 30mph speed limit.

He was captured a second time on 17 August, driving at 77mph on the B1217 near Staxton, Tadcaster.

The following day he called the police to falsely report that his number plates had been stolen and also claimed that his vehicle was not being used at the time of the second speeding offence.

Subsequent enquiries revealed that this was a clear attempt to evade the second speeding conviction.

On 16 October he was charged with perverting the course of justice and two speeding offences. He pleaded guilty to all three offences on 22 November 2013.

Safety Camera Team Manager, Dave Brown, said: “This was a blatant attempt to evade a second speeding offence and clearly demonstrates what happens if you try.

“What could have been a fine and points on a driving licence has now developed into a jail sentence because of Armstrong’s naive belief that he could pull the wool over the eyes of the criminal justice system. He now has ample time to reflect on the consequences of his unlawful actions.

“I hope this sends a clear message to anyone who thinks they can avoid prosecution by lying and making false claims”

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