Cabbie’s anger as crash driver avoids jail

Martin Farrington with the remains of his damaged taxi.
Martin Farrington with the remains of his damaged taxi.
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A taxi driver whose cab was written off after a horror collision today told of his anger after the driver of the other car escaped a jail sentence.

Gareth Nelson, 21, of Pilling Avenue, St Annes, was sentenced to 12 weeks imprisonment, suspended for 12 months, by Blackpool magistrates after he crashed his mother’s Mini Cooper into Martin Farrington’s Fairway taxi on the Promenade.

He pleaded guilty to the aggravated taking of a vehicle, driving without insurance and not in accordance with his licence.

Mr Farrington, 27, suffered severe whiplash injuries and two cuts to his head as a result of the crash, which happened in the early hours of Friday, March 1.

Speaking to The Gazette after the sentencing, Mr Farrington, of Sandhurst Avenue, Bispham, said: “I don’t like to see people just thrown in jail but it seems like he’s got off pretty lightly.

“All of a sudden he’s got away with it. If he’s dumb enough to do what he did then I don’t think he’s got any sort of feelings for anybody else.”

Nelson was also ordered to do 100 hours unpaid work for the community and pay £85 costs plus £80 victims’ surcharge.

Martine Connah, prosecuting, said Nelson ran away from the accident scene but was apprehended by police.

When interviewed, Nelson said he was on his way home when a friend rang up and asked him for a lift home.

Michael Ball, defending, said Nelson, who apologised to everyone concerned, had lost his job as a result of the accident.

There was no suggestion Nelson had been drinking or taken any substance.

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