Dangerous Hartlepool van driver warned by senior judge he could be jailed

A van driver who drove dangerously on a number of busy Hartlepool roads just before Christmas will be sentenced next month.

Friday, 21st May 2021, 5:35 pm

Andrew Hudson pleaded guilty to dangerous driving during a brief hearing at Teesside Crown Court.

The charge read that he drove a Ford Transit dangerously in Wooler Road, Elwick Road, Catcote Road, Masefield Road, Brierton Lane and Sinclair Road on December 23.

The 37-year-old also admitted failing to provide a specimen to police for analysis.

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Andrew Hudson admitted driving a Ford Transit van dangerously on roads including Wooler Road last December.
Andrew Hudson admitted driving a Ford Transit van dangerously on roads including Wooler Road last December.

The court heard Hudson, of Gladys Worthy Close, Hartlepool, has a number of previous convictions but was said to be doing well with a community order he is currently on.

The Recorder of Middlesbrough Judge Paul Watson said: “On the face of it this calls for an immediate custodial sentence.”

But he said an update on how he is complying with the order may help his situation.

Sentencing was adjourned until June 9 and Hudson was granted bail.

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