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Overtaking on blind bend caused crash

Blackpool Magistrates Court

Blackpool Magistrates Court

A supermarket manager overtook on a blind bend at speed and then crashed into a car driven by a woman doctor which was travelling in the opposite direction.

Witnesses described Jake McLaughlan as an “idiot” and magistrates were told it was miracle that he and the other driver came out of the smash relatively unscathed.

McLaughlan, 21, of Third Avenue, South Shore, Blackpool, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving.

He was sentenced to do 200 hours unpaid work for the community, banned from the road for 22 months and must take an extended driving test.

He was also ordered to pay £250 compensation to the doctor with £250 costs plus £60 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.

Presiding magistrate, Keith Walker, said: “What you did on that night was very reckless and it could have been a lot worse.”

Alison Quanbrough, prosecuting, said a couple in a car were overtaken on a blind bend on Lodge Road, Singleton, by McLaughlan in a Ford Fiesta on February 25 at about 9pm.

He lost control, swerved all over the road, hit the Mini which was coming the other way and his car started rolling over.

In a victims’ statement the doctor described herself as shocked and shaken.

Her Mini was a write-off with the inside covered in glass.

Brett Chappell, defending, said: “It was a piece of appalling driving and it is a miracle he and the other driver were relatively unscathed.

“He is massively remorseful for his poor standard of driving that day.”

McLaughlan, who had no previous convictions, had relived the accident to such an extent he had to see his doctor.

He would also miss out on promotion as he could not now drive from store to store.

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