Enraged camper van driver admits driving into traffic warden in Northamptonshire

Northampton Crown Court NNL-140423-093950001
Northampton Crown Court NNL-140423-093950001

A Northamptonshire man who drove into a traffic warden after the official told him to move his vehicle out of a taxi bay has pleaded guilty to dangerous driving and assault.

Patch Hancox, who lives in his red Volkswagen camper van at Lincoln Way, Daventry, admitted to the charges of driving a motor vehicle dangerously and assault occasioning actual bodily harm at a Northampton Crown Court plea hearing yesterday (Monday).

Prosecuting James McLernon, said the 56-year-old had become enraged during an incident on September 1, when a warden told him to move his van from a tax-only parking bay on Foundary Place, Daventry.

Mr McLernon said: “The defendant had parked in a bay exclusively for taxis. When the traffic warden approached the defendant was abusive to him.

“He revved the engine and moved the vehicle forward making contact with the traffic warden and forcing him backwards.

“When the traffic warden came to the side of the door the defendant assaulted him.”

Judge Lynn Tayton QC granted Hancox bail and told him to reappear at the same court to be sentenced at a later date.

The judge also imposed an interim driving ban on the 56-year-old.