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Motorist convicted of dangerous driving after being caught on hidden in-car camera

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A truck driver could lose his licence after he was captured on a hidden in-car camera driving dangerously while on a Northamptonshire road.

Adrian Maynard, aged 48, of Springwood Court, Northampton, was yesterday convicted of dangerous driving after he was taped swerving to overtake on the A508, near Stoke Bruerne.

He was captured on film by the driver he was overtaking, who had a secret camera attached to the windscreen. The device was recording the road ahead of him.

The landmark conviction is a first for Northamptonshire and is believed to be the first of its kind in the UK. It could open the door to thousands of similar prosecutions.

Northampton Magistrates’ Court heard Maynard was driving along the A508, towards Northampton, at about 2.30pm on Sunday, May 27, last year, when he caught up with a line of slow moving traffic.

He then swerved into the oncoming lane, crossing two solid white lines to overtake, before veering back into his lane between two bollards.

A clip of the manoeuvre was played in court.

Maynard admitted he was driving the Vauxhall Tigra on the day but denied the overtaking manoeuvre was dangerous.

Magistrates, however, convicted him of dangerous driving and disqualified him from driving for 12 months. He was also sentenced to 40 hours of unpaid work. Maynard, who told the court he is an agency driver who drives 7.5 tonne trucks for a living, told magistrates he will appeal and the sentence was suspended pending the outcome of any appeal.

Maynard has until March 27 to appeal the ban.

A FIRM that promotes the use of hidden car cameras has said there are now “tens of thousands of the devices” in use in the UK.

The landmark conviction of Adrian Maynard for dangerous driving yesterday came after PoliceWitness.com supported his prosecution.

The firm’s chief executive Matt Stockdale said: “This is a huge landmark. For a member of the public to bring a successful prosecution is absolutely huge. There are fewer and fewer police officer on our streets but this just goes to show you, or I, can make a difference.”

 
 
 

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