Police say dangerous driver named Astin Martin is ‘no James Bond’

Friday, February 28, 2020

A dangerous driver, ironically called Astin Martin, has been handed a lengthy ban after being caught driving at more than three times the speed limit while fleeing from police.

Astin Martin O’Brien was in a Ford Fiesta, rather than his sports car namesake, when he reached 93mph in a 30mph zone in Northumberland last September.

Officers on the ground, backed up by a police helicopter, managed to put an emergency stop to the “extremely dangerous and reckless driving” before anyone was injured.

The 30-year-old had already been banned from the roads and had no licence or insurance at the time of the incident.

Dashcam and aerial footage from Northumbria Police shows the moment he darted round the residential streets before crashing into a wall and trying to run off.

O'Brien has been handed an eight-month prison sentence

He was arrested but failed to provide a specimen to officers who suspected he was driving under the influence – he later admitted failing to provide a specimen at the scene and was jailed for eight weeks by magistrates in December.

However, he was back in court yesterday, charged with a string of other driving offences.

Superintendent Helena Barron said: “His actions risked the lives of the officers trying to stop him and the lives of others.

“Hopefully this time he will see how deadly the consequences of his actions could have been and thinks again before getting behind the wheel.

“He might be called Astin Martin but he’s no James Bond and he’ll need to get used to public transport for the time being.”

O’Brien pleaded guilty at Newcastle Crown Court to dangerous driving, driving while disqualified, having no insurance or licence, and failing to stop.

He was sentenced to eight months in prison, suspended for 18 months, as well as a three-month curfew between 7pm and 7am.

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