Twenty-seven-year-old Martin Mcdonagh of New Street, Barnsley has been jailed for 26 months and banned from driving for four years and 3 months after appearing at Warwick Crown Court charged with dangerous driving and seven other offences all with a young baby unrestrained in the back of the car.
Martin McDonagh was arrested on 2 August 2020 when officers attempted to stop the silver VW Bora he was driving on Newbold Road, Rugby. However, he fled from the police, driving around the police vehicle and onto the pavement to get past them. Martin McDonagh
Officers followed the vehicle along Corporation Street where it jumped a red light causing vehicles to stop before turning onto St Matthew Street where two pedestrians stopped crossing, before finally bringing the car to a stop.
On his arrest, officers realised he had done all this with his baby who officers believe to be under six months old unrestrained in the back seat of the car.
He was taken to Leamington Police Station for questioning and after spending the night in custody was charged with eight offences the following day, 3 August 2020.
As well as Dangerous Driving, he was charged with driving without insurance, driving whilst disqualified, driving with a child under 3 years old in the rear not wearing a seatbelt, obstructing/resisting a constable in the execution of duty, failing to stop when required, fraudulently using a registration mark/registration document. Martin McDonagh was also charged with child neglect and driving a motor vehicle with a child under three on the rear seats not wearing a seatbelt.
He pleaded guilty at Warwick Crown Court and was duly sentenced.
PC Batchelder said “Martin McDonagh had no consideration for the safety of other people. He jumped a red light causing others to stop to avoid a collision and narrowly missed two pedestrians. The most shocking of all is his total disregard for the safety of the child who throughout the incident was unrestrained on the back seat of the VW Bora. Fortunately, the child was not injured in the incident.
“The sentence today reflects the seriousness of Martin McDonagh’s offences. He was disqualified and uninsured and should not have been driving”.