‘Appalling’ Waterlooville driver handed 15-month prison sentence

DANGER Bradley Woodacre
DANGER Bradley Woodacre
Chief Inspector Sharon Woolrich

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A DANGEROUS driver who ploughed his speeding car through a brick wall and crashed into a parked vehicle has been jailed.

Father-to-be Bradley Woodacre was driving a Volkswagen Golf while disqualified when he narrowly avoided hitting a 13-year-old boy on a bike and a Peugeot 307.

Woodacre then lost control of the car, which a witness claimed was travelling at up to 70mph in a 30mph zone in Park Avenue, Widley.

The Golf mounted the kerb and ploughed through a fence and a brick wall before flipping on to its side and hitting a van parked in a driveway outside a house.

Woodacre, of Boxwood Close, Waterlooville, and his passenger then fled the scene of the crash, which happened at 10am on September 11. His actions caused £5,500 of damage – including the van being written off.

When Woodacre was quizzed by police he tried to lie his way out of trouble, claiming he had not been driving the car and it must have been stolen.

But he was found out after footage from a nearby petrol station showed him filling up the car.

Daniel Sawyer, prosecuting, said: ‘Unfortunately for Woodacre, CCTV from a petrol station showed him filling up that car that morning, wearing the pink or peach-coloured top and the red shorts described by the witnesses.’

Woodacre, of Boxwood Close, Waterlooville, who has a string of previous convictions for driving offences, later admitted dangerous driving and driving while disqualified and without insurance.

He also pleaded guilty to failing to stop at the scene of an accident and failing to report an accident. Woodacre was sentenced to 18 months in jail and banned from driving for five years.

In sentencing him at Portsmouth Crown Court, Recorder David Bartlett said: ‘This was an appalling piece of driving which it is of merciful release that neither the boy cyclist nor anybody else were injured in the course of that driving.

‘What compounds this piece of driving is the fact that you are no stranger to these courts and in particular you are no stranger to the offence of bad driving.

‘You are a man now of 23 but you have been before these courts on 11 occasions for 23 convictions.’