Bond-gadget Aston Martin driver faces court

May 14, 2014 | By | In News

An Aston Martin driver whose car was fitted with a hi-tech ‘laser jammer’ device designed to disrupt laser speed traps, has appeared in court.

Eric Craggs is accused of perverting the course of justice, by asking to have the ‘Laserstar’ device fitted when he took the car in for a service in 2009.

It is alleged that the 68-year-old County Durham resident had been driving around for four years with the device active, and that he managed to evade detection by police on two separate occasions.

The MI5-style gadget works by emitting a laser beam at a matching frequency to those emitted by a police speed gun, confusing it into thinking no speed has been registered.

“The laser effectively interferes with the laser sent by the police device for typically between four and eight seconds.”

And the device worked perfectly for Craggs, or so the prosecution allege. Prosecutor Andrew Walker told the trial at Teeside Crown Court that his Aston Martin had been targeted by police in a routine speed check operation, and had caused an error with their equipment.

He said: “She [the officer] aimed the camera at the front of the Aston Martin car with a view to record the speed,” the Daily Mail reports.

“However the device could not record a speed and displayed an error code. She tried again but again an error code showed.”

It was then that part of the Laserstar device was spotted protruding from underneath the Aston’s front number plate.

Craggs denies ordering the laser jammer to be fitted to the car and claims he didn’t know it was there, despite the prosecution stating that he received an invoice for £450 for the work.

Walker continued: “Its purpose is to alert the driver of the vehicle that is being targeted by a police laser speed meter, allowing the driver to slow down the vehicle.

“At the same time police are prevented from acquiring the true speed of the vehicle.

“The laser effectively interferes with the laser sent by the police device for typically between four and eight seconds.”

The trial continues.

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