Chorley man jailed after lying to police about hit-and-run
Written by Skywave Radio News on July 14, 2020
A Chorley man has been jailed for dangerous driving and attempting to pervert the course of justice after fleeing the scene of a crash and lying about it to police.
Scott Churchman, 35, of Eccleston, was given a 26-month sentence and has been banned from driving for 25 months after pleading guilty to the charges at Worcester Crown Court.
On the morning of May 28, 2019, Churchman was driving his vehicle along the A4136 in Herefordshire when he tried to overtake a vehicle, causing a crash.
‘Significant damage’ was done to his vehicle and an oncoming car, but Churchman fled the scene.
Later the same morning, he contacted Gwent Police by telephone claiming his car had been hit by a lorry in their area.
When interviewed by police he maintained he had travelled down the M6, M50 and A40 and was not on the A4137.
Extensive forensic enquiries carried as part of an investigation by West Mercia Police’s Hereford Operational Policing Unit (OPU), provided the evidence that he had been driving the vehicle on the A4137.
Police Constable Jamie Carr, of Hereford OPU, said: “The sentence imposed upon Churchman reflects the severity of his crime of dangerous driving and attempting to prevent the course of justice.”
“This outcome is testament to a thorough criminal investigation by officers Hereford OPU.
“I hope that this sentence demonstrates that all reports of dangerous driving will be investigated thoroughly and falsifying whereabouts and details are criminal matters and punishable with a custodial prison sentence.”
Churchman will have to sit an extended driving test before being allowed back on the road.
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