Northampton man who allegedly fitted blue siren to his car to avoid traffic denies 14 driving charges

Northampton Magistrates' Court
Northampton Magistrates' Court

A Northampton man accused of fitting a blue siren to his Vauxhall Astra to avoid traffic queues has denied a host of driving charges, claiming CCTV cannot prove he was driving the car.

Martin Chapman pleaded not guilty to one charge of dangerous driving, five charges of using a car without the correct insurance, three for ignoring road markings and five charges of using a vehicle fitted with a “blue warning beacon” without permission, at Northampton Magistrates’ Court on Monday morning.

The 35-year-old, from Connaught Street, The Mounts, was allegedly spotted on CCTV using the blue light on 38 separate occasions.

The dangerous driving charge relates to an occasion on July 6 this year, where Chapman is alleged to have dodged a traffic light on Cliftonville Road and narrowly missed a cyclist in the process.

The matter will be concluded in a summary trial at Northampton Magistrates’ Court on January 18, at which two witnesses will give evidence.