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'Most disqualified' driver faces jail and motoring ban into 22nd century.

End of the road: The smashed police dog van and, inset, John McCabe

End of the road: The smashed police dog van and, inset, John McCabe

Date - 30th January 2019
By - Nick Hudson - Police Oracle

 

Three officers cheated death after Britain’s craziest driver sent one flying out of a police dog van window, dragged another down the road and narrowly missed running over a third in a bid to evade capture.

Today, as a court was told only “sheer luck” prevented John McCabe being a police killer, the Northumbria force confirmed to Police Oracle the offender now faces being banned from UK roads into the next century.

McCabe – without a driving licence and already disqualified until 2098 – is also almost certain to be jailed for his “trail of destruction” in Sunderland last month.

The 30-year-old admitted a total of 21 driving offences including causing serious injury by dangerous driving, driving without insurance, and failing to stop after an accident after getting behind the wheel when he appeared at Newcastle Crown Court on Tuesday.

He was remanded in custody and will be sentenced on March 19.

Northumbria Sergeant Alan Keenleyside said: “McCabe put his life and the lives of others in danger by flouting the law and showing a complete disregard to other motorists.

“He threatened the livelihoods of other road users and caused a great deal of fear as a result of his irresponsible and erratic driving.

“When confronted by police, he attempted to drive off – dragging an officer down the road and almost running over another in a bid to evade capture.

“He then caused serious injury by crashing into a police dog van, which resulted in the handler being ejected out of the window upon impact, suffering broken ribs and significant injuries to his eye.

“It was sheer luck that nobody was killed as a result of McCabe’s action on that morning and he must now deal with the consequences.”

Shortly before 11am on December 30, the force received a report of dangerous driving in the city centre.

Officers were deployed after a silver Vauxhall Corsa – driven by McCabe – had collided with another vehicle.

However, McCabe escaped and went on to crash the vehicle into a garage in another part of Sunderland.

There he was confronted by two officers – one of whom attempted to arrest him. However, McCabe managed to force his way back into the Corsa and reversed – subsequently dragging the officer along the road and almost ploughing into another PC.

The mayhem continued as McCabe shot out of a back lane and smashed into a police dog van.

The ferocious impact of the collision saw the officer – a dog handler – thrown from the vehicle, suffering three broken ribs and shards of glass in his eye.

A police dog and two puppies were inside the van at the time – but were uninjured.

McCabe and a female passenger were both taken to hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries after officers managed to free the pair from the wreckage.

He was later arrested and subsequently charged with 21 driving offences.

Apart from motoring offenders who can be handed lifetime disqualifications for causing death by dangerous driving, McCabe’s ban from driving on UK roads – until 2098 at the moment – is one of the longest recorded.

In September 2017, 20-year-old Mohammed Ahsan was considered a “threat to others” and handed what was thought to be the lengthiest single ban by a court.

He was disqualified for 80 years until 2097, potentially longer than a ‘lifetime’ ban.

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obsidian_eclipse

If you are running up driving bans into the realms of a century the driving ban isn't working. I'd prefer to see people locked up when it starts to take the pee..

Let's hope the sentence is a substantial one based on the severity of the incident and not the luck of the officers. I will hold my breath though if it doesn't extend longer than 2 years. Though that's two years without a madman on the roads.

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Radman
3 hours ago, obsidian_eclipse said:

If you are running up driving bans into the realms of a century the driving ban isn't working. I'd prefer to see people locked up when it starts to take the pee..

Let's hope the sentence is a substantial one based on the severity of the incident and not the luck of the officers. I will hold my breath though if it doesn't extend longer than 2 years. Though that's two years without a madman on the roads.

Prison doesn't work though... 

Well that's what they tell us. 

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Zulu 22

I do not hold my breath but hope that the Court acknowledges the seriousness of this incident and the complete disregard for the law by the defendant. They must impose a very substancial prison sentence but, will they. How else can you stop such a serial offender.

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4 hours ago, Zulu 22 said:

How else can you stop such a serial offender.

Clamp something really big to their right foot. Not necessarily heavy, just so obnoxiously big that he can't use an accelerator.

 

We'll just call it a monitoring tag. A very very poorly designed (big, clunky, unwieldy) tag. 

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David

They will probably just increase his driving ban.

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