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18-year-old who crashed his car near Instow caused 'serious injuries' to passengers

By NDJFran  |  Posted: March 15, 2014

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AN 18-year-old who crashed his car causing serious injuries to two passengers passed his test less than a year ago.

Liam Spear, of Orchard Hill in Bideford, appeared in front of North Devon magistrates charged with driving without due care and attention.

The court heard Spear crashed his car on the B3233 near Instow on September 27 last year, causing serious injuries to two of his three passengers.

Presiding magistrate Paul Cooper said in his sentencing: “We have listened to all the evidence, as you have. We have taken into account the fact you have no previous convictions and the fact not only did you plead guilty but you co-operated with the police.

“With this incident there are two aggravating factors and that is the speed, whether it was 70 or 80 miles per hour. It was way too fast for that road given the number of bends.

“The other factor is the serious injuries you caused to your passengers.”

Spear had seven penalty points added to his licence which means it was revoked because he passed his test less than a year ago.

He was also fined £200 along with £85 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.

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