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33-year-old Richard Barron has been banned from driving for 18 months but has escaped prison after driving the wrong way down Lind Street in Ryde and smashing into an oncoming vehicle and a wall.

The incident took place in August last year when Barron, of East Hill Road, drove down Lind Street against the flow of traffic, around a bend and into an oncoming Ford Transit Connect.

Barron, who was driving his ex-partner’s Ford Fiesta without his permission at the time of the crash, had to be extricated from the vehicle by firefighters after smashing into a wall.

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Defending, Adam Norris said that Barron is apologetic to the third parties involved in the crash and that he had been suffering from mental health problems. Mr Norris said that Barron, a former drug addict, is now clean of drugs.

Having admitted aggravated vehicle taking, driving without third party insurance and driving without a licence, the Isle of Wight Crown Court sentenced Richard Barron to an 18-month community order and fined him £1,000. He was also  disqualified from driving for a period of 18 months.

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