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Felixstowe: Teen who struck man with car and dragged him along road is banned from driving

13:00 29 January 2014

Ipswich Crown Court

Ipswich Crown Court

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A man who tried to remonstrate with a teenager about his driving was struck by the car before being dragged along the road hanging on to the wing mirror, a court has heard.

Malcolm Beer was at the Sea Cadet Centre in Felixstowe when he was approached by three teenage cyclists who appeared out of breath and shaken up after being followed by a car driven by 18-year-old Joseph Mitchell, Ipswich Crown Court was told.

Mr Beer walked towards the Peugeot driven by Mitchell, which was parked with two wheels on the kerb in Garrison Lane, with his hand in a “stop” gesture.

However, as he stepped off the kerb to approach the driver’s window, Mitchell, who has a learning age of an 11 or 12-year-old, accelerated towards him and struck him, said David Wilson, prosecuting.

“At the point of impact Mr Beer was on the driver’s side of the car,” said Mr Wilson.

As the car drove off Mr Beer was hanging on to the wing mirror and was dragged a short distance on to the opposite carriageway.

As a result of the incident he suffered cuts and grazes to his elbow, hand, shoulder and knee and pain to his hip, said Mr Wilson.

He told the court that prior to the incident involving Mr Beer on September 26 Mitchell had followed three teenage cyclists in his Peugeot 106 along Garrison Lane revving the engine to intimidate them and swerving towards them.

At one stage Mitchell had swerved on to the pavement and one of the cyclists was forced to turn into a recess in a brick wall to avoid being hit by the car, said Mr Wilson.

Mitchell, of Cornwall Road, Felixstowe, admitted dangerous driving and failing to stop after an accident and was given an 18 month community order.

He was also banned from driving for two years and ordered to take an extended driving test.

He was also made the subject of a curfew order and an attendance centre order.

Judge Rupert Overbury said he was extremely concerned after learning that Mitchell had a learning age of an 11 or 12-year-old and ordered that the DVLA should be made aware of his disabilities in case they affected his ability to drive in the future.

Sentencing Mitchell, Judge Overbury described his driving as “grossly reckless” and said it was fortunate Mr Beer had not been more seriously injured.

He accepted that Mitchell was easily led and sometimes wanted to “just fit in” with other people.

“You can’t do that and not take responsibilty for whatever happens as a result,” said the judge.

He said Mitchell was sorry for what he had done and had written a letter of apology to Mr Beer.

9 comments

  • If an actual 11-12 year old cannot drive, then surely someone with that mental age should also not be able to. How on earth did he get a licence in the 1st place?

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    N M

    Wednesday, January 29, 2014

  • Mr Felixstowe Star was you born rude or was it easy to become

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    pandy

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • i'm not being funny, but if i saw a car coming towards me, and i wanted it too stop. I would not stand in the middle of the road. Malcolm wouldn't of done it to a lorry, so why a car. Also if three teenagers on pushbikes, as quoted "who appeared out of breath and shaken up after being followed by a car" felt in any danger, that's a matter for the police, Not almighty Malcolm beer. Just saying, if a car had striked me. i for sure wouldn't hold on to the wing-mirror down the road, i mean if Malcolm wanted a lift, he should have just asked... Also, for all of those quick to judge about Mr Mitchell's ability to drive or socialise, try meeting him and actually understanding his learning age. Rant over

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    Liam Hinton

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • i'm not being funny, but if i saw a car coming towards me, and i wanted it too stop. I would not stand in the middle of the road. Malcolm wouldn't of done it to a lorry, so why a car. Also if three teenagers on pushbikes, as quoted "who appeared out of breath and shaken up after being followed by a car" felt in any danger, that's a matter for the police, Not almighty Malcolm beer. Just saying, if a car had striked me. i for sure wouldn't hold on to the wing-mirror down the road, i mean if Malcolm wanted a lift, he should have just asked... Also, for all of those quick to judge about Mr Mitchell's ability to drive or socialise, try meeting him and actually understanding his learning age. Rant over

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    Liam Hinton

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • from an examinar with the mental age of six.

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    TERENCE MANNING

    Wednesday, January 29, 2014

  • To quote "Mr Beer walked towards the Peugeot driven by Mitchell, which was parked with two wheels on the kerb in Garrison Lane, with his hand in a “stop” gesture." So the car wasn't moving when Mr Beer (acting as a responsible and concerned citizen) approached Michell. Passing a test isn't easy these days as you have to pass both a theory and practical test, and the test routes can include duel carriageway driving, busy town centre andor the one-way system round by the docks area, so I wonder how Mitchell managed to pass his test if he really has a mental age of a 11-12 year old, (which he should have informed the DVLA of when he applied for his provisional licence). Whatever the facts, someone got hurt and someone broke the law and is now paying the consequences. An extended test takes some getting through. Hopefully he will also choose better friends to "fit in with".

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    Driven Roundabend

    Thursday, January 30, 2014

  • how on earth did this lad get a licence if hes got a mental age of 1112 year old, surely somethings not quite right here

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    swivel68

    Wednesday, January 29, 2014

  • Evidence, if it were needed, that the driving test is FAR too easy to pass.

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    beerlover

    Wednesday, January 29, 2014

  • Passing he's driving test with the mental age of a 11-12 year old...........clever man

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    Mr.Felixstowe-Star

    Wednesday, January 29, 2014

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