33-year-old Joseph George Hughes has been given a 26-week prison sentence, suspended for 18 months, after a serious crash near Godshill earlier this year which resulted in a stolen car bursting into flames.
Hughes appeared before the Isle of Wight Magistrates Court last week charged with aggravated vehicle taking and injury caused by accident, driving whilst disqualified and using a motor vehicle on a road without third party insurance.
The court heard how Hughes had stolen the vehicle – a Seat Ibiza – on 26th April before crashing on the main road between Godshill and Whitely Bank. As a result of the crash, over £5,000 of damage was caused to a parked Southern Gas van and the stolen Ibiza was completely destroyed by fire.
3 fire engines, 3 ambulances and senior officers were all sent to the scene of the crash near Redhill Lane in Sandford, with plumes of smoke seen billowing into the sky for neighbouring towns and villages. The car burst into flames upon impact.
Amazingly, Hughes and his 3 passengers escaped from the vehicle but suffered varying degrees of injury.
Joseph Hughes, who was already a disqualified driver, has been given a further 12-month ban and handed down a 26-week prison sentence, suspended for 18 months. He has been ordered to pay £85 costs with a £128 surcharge. He must also complete 25 rehabilitation days.
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