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Dangerous Driver Avoids Jail
A Luton man was branded a show off by a judge who had just been told how he had been driving around Luton town centre late at night doing wheel spins.
24 year old Shinairai Maposa had clocked up speeds of up to 77mph but he eventually lost control of his car and crashed into a wall.
At Luton crown court Maposa of Addington Way in Luton, appeared for sentence for an offence of dangerous driving and failing to provide a breath specimen.
Jessica Clarke said it was in the early hours of March 29 this year when police became aware of the defendant's driving around Luton town centre.
CCTV had caught him doing 77 miles per hour in Stuart Street.
In Guildford Street he was seen driving on the wrong side of the road.
In Alma Street he did a wheel spin with his car that left a cloud of toxic smoke hanging in the air.
But, after crashing his car, police arrested him and he appeared to be intoxicated.
Back at Luton Police Station he failed four times to provide a breath specimen.
Judge Richard foster sentenced Maposa to 8 months imprisonment but suspended it for 2 years.
In addition he was fined £2,000 and ordered to pay £350 costs. He was disqualified from driving for the next two years.
He told him "It is only good fortune you are not before the court for the more serious offence of causing death by dangerous driving.
"You can regard yourself as extremely fortunate you are leaving the court by the front door."
A lorry driver who crashed into a queue of stationary traffic, killing an elderly couple and seriously injuring a further two people, has been jailed.
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