Reckless Bridgwater drivers banned

Two men have been handed driving bans for a year after racing through Bridgwater at speeds of 100mph. Jack Channon, 22, of St John Street in Bridgwater and Lewis Dowds, 22, of Woodbury Road in Bridgwater, were sentenced at Bath Magistrates’ Court.

They were found guilty of speeding in a 50mph zone and taking part in a race/speed trial on a public highway. In addition to the driving ban, both were given fines of £1,625.

On Friday 27 May, 2022, an officer on patrol saw two vehicles driving at speed on the A38 Bristol Road at around 11.30pm. The blue Vauxhall Astra and white Alfa Romeo Giulietta, were seen to intentionally drive alongside each other. Both cars drove onto the Dunball roundabout and rapidly accelerated. They appeared to be racing each other and exceeding the speed limit of 50mph. PC Nicholas Steele followed the vehicles and witnessed them drive at estimated speeds of at least 100mph.

PC Streete said: “The two vehicles were being driven at a dangerous speed which put other road users at extreme risk. It was clear both drivers had taken the conscious decision to engage in a race on a public highway. Both vehicles were stopped at Dunball Services. The drivers were spoken to and subsequently reported for the offences they’ve now been convicted of.

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