Audi sales manager avoids jail despite of dangerous driving in fog


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An Audi sales manager has been handed a suspended prison sentence, banned from driving for 18 months and will have to pass an extended driving test after he pleaded guilty to dangerous driving.

Daniel Bull, 30, of St Mary's Road, Market Lavington, was spotted by an off-duty police officer James Trafford who was driving on a road near Berwick Bassett in Wiltshire during thick fog last December, when he noticed a car rapidly approach from behind.

According to the Swindon Advertiser the Audi SQ5 being driven by Bull then overtook two cars, despite the poor weather conditions and solid white lines on the road.

Hannah Squire, prosecuting at Swindon Crown Court, said: "PC Trafford was so concerned about the driving he made a note of the number plate." Once he arrived at police headquarters in Devizes he immediately made two officers, who had also seen the car 10 minutes later, aware of the incident.

PC Lee Mayhew was driving along Avebury Avenue with some colleagues when Bull came up behind them so closely that they couldn't see his headlights, the court was told.

The Audi then overtook and passed two vehicles in front. Mayhew also noted that a vehicle was travelling in the opposite direction - narrowly missing a head on crash.

However, giving his statement in court, Bull said he drove the road four times a day and had very powerful LED headlights on his car, which he said gave him perfect visibility to carry out the manoeuvers.

Passing sentence, Judge Tim Mousley QC described Bull's driving as 'bordering on arrogance' and 'reckless.'

Bull, a sales manager at Audi Swindon, was given a 10-month jail term suspended for 18 months, told to carry out 250 hours of unpaid work and given an 18 month driving ban with an extended resit.