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HMA v James Wright
Aug 10, 2021
On sentencing, Lord Arthurson made the following statement in court:
"James John Fallon Wright, on 9 July 2021 at a first preliminary hearing at Glasgow High Court pleas of guilty were tendered on your behalf to a charge of dangerous driving contrary to section 2 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 and a charge of assault upon two police officers to the danger of their lives.
Both charges arose from the same events which occurred at 2am on 24 April 2020 on or about the M9 motorway in the Falkirk area, when you were driving a transit van. You engaged in a course of appallingly dangerous driving on a series of roads, culminating on your arrival on the M9 motorway. You were being pursued by police officers travelling behind you in a marked vehicle displaying lights and sirens. You switched off your headlights and weaved in and out of the motorway traffic, driving at a speed of 90mph. Having switched your headlights back on, you swerved in front of an HGV vehicle, causing that vehicle to take evasive action, and performed an emergency stop on the hard shoulder.
The pursuit police vehicle continued past and you proceeded thereafter to rejoin the carriageway about half a mile behind that vehicle. Accelerating, you caught up with the police vehicle, and, travelling in excess of 70mph in the outside lane, you deliberately rammed the police vehicle from behind. The driver of the police vehicle estimated his own driving speed at the time of impact at 80mph. You lost control of your vehicle, and, rotating round the police vehicle, left the road and crashed into trees.