Man jailed for dangerous driving – Reading

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A man has been jailed for dangerous driving, following a Thames Valley Police investigation.

Jamie Banning, aged 24, of Hexham Road, Reading, pleaded guilty to one count of dangerous driving at Reading Crown Court on Monday (26/2) and was given a 12-month prison sentence.

It follows an incident in George Street, Reading, at 7.25pm on 16 January this year when police tried to pull over a Renault Captur 4x4 driven by Banning.

The vehicle then did a dangerous manoeuvre, including reversing at speed, and narrowly missed a police officer. It then drove away from the scene.

The vehicle was later found abandoned in Abbot’s Walk, Reading.

Following an investigation, Banning was arrested and charged on 25 January. The following day, he was remanded into custody at Reading Magistrates’ Court until this week’s hearing at the crown court.

In addition to the prison sentence, Banning was banned from driving for a total of 24 months and at the end of this period he will have to take a retest.

Sergeant John Chen, of Reading police station, said: “Banning showed a disregard to the safety of police officers and members of the public through the manner of his driving.

“The custodial sentence sends a message that the courts take these matters seriously and acts as an effective deterrent to those who would fail to stop for police.”

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