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Ex-Soldier Banned After Near Police Crash

Thursday August 22 2013

Barnsley Magistrates' Court Barnsley Magistrates' Court

A FORMER soldier almost crashed head-on into a police car after taking cocaine, Barnsley Magistrates' Court was told.

Luke Stephen Wigglesworth's Volvo veered across the dividing central white line, said Jayne Ormrod, prosecuting.

"The police car was travelling in the opposite direction and had to brake to avoid a collision," she added.

Later, Wigglesworth, 22, who came out of the army in 2011 after more than three years, weaved in and out of parked cars, said Mrs Ormrod.

Mrs Ormrod added Wigglesworth overtook a car waiting at traffic lights. She said he was arrested after swerving onto Jardine Street, Wombwell.

Gerard Casey, defending, said Wigglesworth tried cocaine for the first time with friends at his home at School Street, Wombwell.

He said one of Wigglesworth's friends asked for a lift and he felt he would be fine to drive.

Mr Casey said: "He drove the way he did to evade the police. He saw the police car and panicked because he was not insured."

Wigglesworth, now a self-employed scaffolder, admitted driving while unfit through drugs, possessing cocaine and having no insurance.

Wigglesworth was ordered to do 200 hours of unpaid work and banned from driving for 28 months.

He was ordered to pay £85 in costs and a £60 victim surcharge.

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Reply Posted by anon on Thursday August 22 2013 at 09:49
Until these people are sent to prison for a long period then this will continue to happen, lessons need to be learnt.

Reply Posted by Craig on Thursday August 22 2013 at 12:15
its no always the case though anon, some people take no benefit from prison and only get worse.

Reply Posted by max on Friday August 23 2013 at 00:55
driving without insurance deserves a harsh punishment regardless of serving the forces or not! Without a blink of an eye this guy got into a car to drive.... even knowing he wasn't insured AND with drugs in his system he chose to drive... No sympathy.

Reply Posted by Miss.N on Monday August 26 2013 at 08:04
Why do they always mention their job? Or ex-employment in this case? What does it have to do with anything?

Reply Posted by x soilder on Monday August 26 2013 at 08:22
Miss N i think in this case a solider or x solider should know better he's a disgrace and should have been sent down. Im sure people would have no sympathy if he'd killed someone under the influence. Im sick to death of people having any tolerance for dimwits who get behind the wheel of a car and drive it whilst over the limit or on drugs. Too many innocent people die whilst the said drivers do no jail or a pathetic sentence. Rant over ;)

Reply Posted by p on Wednesday August 28 2013 at 08:59
It is no excuse but when you are in the army or have literally just got out of the army you are at a high when you go into civi street - like how I have done that.
Seriously though you think your invincible and nothing matters until you do a stupid and pathetic act like what he has done and I hope for his sake he will learn from it or he will either kill someone or kill himself one day.

Reply Posted by wombwell.. on Wednesday August 28 2013 at 09:29
i think he should av got a tougher sentence ,its a laugh and a pat on back for him ,what a joke

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