Van driver from Seend jailed for failing to provide and vehicle offences
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A man from Seend who was caught driving an unroadworthy vehicle has been jailed after he failed to provide a specimen for analysis.
Luke Francis, 33, of Pelch Lane, was arrested on January 25, 2023, after a Roads Policing officer spotted him driving a Ford Transit van in Semington Road with a broken number plate.
The officer witnessed the vehicle pull over and approached the van, which she noticed also had defective tyres.
Francis was arrested on suspicion of driving offences and in custody he failed to provide a sample of blood. He was later charged with driving a vehicle otherwise in accordance with a licence, failing to provide a specimen for analysis and using a vehicle with tyres with insufficient tread.
He failed to appear at court at an earlier hearing and a warrant was issued for his arrest.
He appeared at Salisbury Magistrates Court yesterday (7/8) and was given an eight week prison sentence and a 17 month driving disqualification.
PC Jasmin Windsor-Hichens said: “It’s crucial that drivers ensure their vehicles are road-worthy at all times – tyre defects can affect a driver’s ability to stop their vehicle in an emergency and can lead to collisions on our roads.
“This month, Wiltshire Police is making road safety a focus for the entire Force and officers will be conducting proactive patrols across the county targeting drivers who fail to abide by the law, following a high number of serious and fatal collisions since the start of the year.
“I hope this case serves as a reminder of the importance of abiding by the law when getting behind the wheel of a car.”
Wiltshire Police is making road safety a focus for the entire force over the summer through robust enforcement and driver education.
This follows the death of 13 people on Wiltshire’s roads so far this year.