Man in court facing four driving charges

A MAN has appeared before magistrates on a number of driving offences after a car was driven the wrong way along the A12 causing multiple crashes.

David Gallagher, 48, of Romsey Road in Halstead has been charged with drink driving, dangerous driving, failing to stop at the scene of an accident and driving without third party insurance.

Speaking at Colchester Magistrates’ Court yesterday, Denise Holland of the Crown Prosecution Service, said that because of the aggravating features, the case should be heard at Crown court rather than by magistrates.

Ms Holland said that on March 26 the defendant was “seen to be driving along the wrong way on the A12”.

She added: “He collided with four vehicles, one of which overturned and contained three children.”

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Magistrate Mary Francis said that all of the charges against Mr Gallagher would be committed to Chelmsford Crown Court on May 17.

Mr Gallagher spoke only to confirm his name and address and his solicitor accepted the decision to hear the trial at Crown court.

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