Thetford teen gets ban for dangerous driving

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An 18-year-old who drove dangerously in Thetford has been banned for 15 months and will have to take an extended driving test.

Teejay Collins, of Canterbury Way, Thetford, appeared at Bury St Edmunds Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

She had previously pleaded guilty to driving dangerously, as well as assaulting a Pc, breaching bail, two charges of driving without a licence and two of driving without insurance.

Colette Harper, prosecuting, said on January 2 Collins drove a Honda moped knowing she had no licence or insurance. She dumped it when she saw police and climbed through a window to escape from them.

On February 8 she drove a different moped, owned by the same man, and drove around Thetford with a youth on the back of it, again with no licence or insurance.

Police tried to stop her but she drove dangerously in Norwich Road, Mundford Road, Churchill Road and Grenville Road, Thetford, to get away from them.

This included driving at speed on the wrong side of the carriageway, driving the wrong way around a roundabout and driving on the pavement before disappearing out of view, said Mrs Harper, adding that Collins’ fingerprints were found on one of the vehicles.

At around 4.25am on February 2, police were called to a domestic incident in Thetford.

Mrs Harper told magistrates Collins told the police officer who attended that she had been assaulted by a man.

She said Collins, who was screaming and making threats to hurt the man, punched the officer’s right arm and kicked his left shin.

She was arrested but was struggling so much she had to be taken to the floor and restrained, said Mrs Harper.

Magistrates heard that Collins also failed to turn up at court on March 20 after having been released on bail.

In mitigation, Lyndon Davies said Collins had driven a short distance at a time when there was no traffic on the road.

He said the Pc was assaulted when he ‘got in the middle’ of the domestic incident and that Collins had apologised immediately, and again at the police station saying she had been ‘going for the boyfriend’.

“She said she was really sorry on several occasions,” he said.

The court heard that Collins had a two-year-old daughter that she saw three times a week and that she relied on income support.

She was given a community order for 18 months to include 110 hours unpaid work and was banned from driving for 15 months.

Her licence was endorsed and she was ordered to pay £50 compensation to the Pc and a victim surcharge of £60.