Driver who went 100mph at Queensferry receives ban
Jan 28 2010 by Lois York, Flintshire Chronicle
A MAN who ‘drove like an idiot’ was told by a judge he had indulged in ‘nightmare driving’.
Michael Parry overtook and undertook at an estimated speed of up to 100mph on a dual-carriageway, caused a serious crash, and then abandoned his car and ran off.
Parry, 27, of Bryn Clyd, Leeswood, near Mold, handed himself in to police the following day, Mold Crown Court was told.
He admitted a charge of dangerous driving on the A550 near the Queensferry Interchange at 6.45pm on February 18 of last year – and was jailed for six months.
He was also banned from driving for four years and ordered to take an extended driving test.
“This is the sort of nightmare driving that considerate motorists always fear”, the judge said.
He struck another car which collided with the central barriers, and Parry then abandoned his Audi car.
A 59-year-old man was driving in the off-side lane with his wife as they travelled from the Wirral to Clwyd Theatr Cymru, Mold, when their vehicle was struck from behind by the Parry’s vehicle, as he tried to get from the outside lane into a slip road.
Their vehicle hit the central reservation, span back across the carriageway and into the slip road before going backwards into a perimeter fence. Other vehicles had to break sharply to avoid being involved.
Andrew Green, defending, said his client accepted he had been driving like an idiot. He had shown genuine remorse and now appreciated the seriousness of what he had done.
At the time he had been on medication for depression and that day had decided to leave his wife after an argument.
He now lived with his father and sister and had a new partner of five months.