Fine and points for careless driving

14 February 2011, 15:54 | Updated: 1 March 2011, 16:52

A paramedic became so concerned about the way the car in front of him was being driven he alerted police.

The other driver, 24-year-old Perry Guess was arrested after he parked his hire car outside some flats in Clarence Road, Leighton Buzzard.

But he denied he had driven dangerously and on Friday at Luton Crown Court a jury agreed with him. They found Guess, of Chiltern View, Northall, Eaton Bray, not guilty of the charge of dangerous driving. But they convicted him of the alternative charge of careless driving.

He was fined £300 with a £15 victim surcharge and £185 costs. He also had five points added to his clean licence.

Prosecutor Sarah Porter said Guess was driving a Peugeot 207 on 28 June last year from Houghton Regis to Leighton Buzzard.

She said the other driver alleged Guess was driving erratically and overtook a car on a blind bend, narrowly missing an oncoming Mercedes.

The paramedic continued to follow him into Leighton Buzzard having alerted police.

But Guess told the jury his driving had not been dangerous and he did not overtake a car on a blind bend.

He said: "I overtook on the straight stretch. I could see well ahead and did not cause any danger.

"I may have swerved at one stage when I adjusted my seat. I had only hired the car about two hours before."