Man jailed after dangerous overtake is caught on dashcam

A man has been sent to jail after being filmed driving dangerously before the footage was uploaded to Youtube.

James Stock, from Tilston in Cheshire, caused a van to mount the pavement on the A495 in Bronington, Shropshire, when he wrecklessly overtook traffic on a bend in his Volkswagen Polo.

The footage was uploaded to Youtube and forwarded to police by PoliceWitness.com, an organisation that helps members of the public report dangerous drivers on UK roads.

Stocks pleaded guilty to dangerous driving at Mold & Caernaforn Crown Court in Wales, before being sentenced to eight months in jail.

He was also fined and has been banned from driving for two years and four months. He’ll have to sit an extended driving test before being allowed back behind the wheel.

Chairman of PoliceWitness chairman, Matt Stockdale, said: “To date, nearly 1,000 motorists up and down the country have faced positive formal police action following the submission of dashcam footage by those who call themselves PoliceWitnesses.

“These have resulted in fines and points, through to driver re-training, vehicle seizure warnings and even prosecutions, where drivers have been banned from driving altogether.”

“Being banned from driving, or even losing your job following a moment of madness has often been described as the ultimate price to pay having been caught on video by a dashcam.

“But this case has resulted in a driver losing their liberty and freedom – and in my view rightly so.”

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