Drive-by soaking victim outraged by ban

March 7, 2014 | By | In News

It's what you might call a splash backlash! A driver has been banned from the road after soaking passers-by – but one of his victims says the punishment is too severe.

Chelmsford magistrates found Samuel Lees, 22, guilty in his absence of careless driving, according to a report in the Essex Chronicle, fining him £500 and slapping six points on his licence – meaning an automatic ban as it was within two years of passing his test.

The court was told that the shop worker drenched mum Debbie Pugh and her two children, Emma, 11, and David, eight, on their way to school in January when he drove through a puddle in Colchester before speeding off.

A police car that had been behind Lees witnessed what happened and pulled him over. Mrs Pugh, 48, said Lees splashed them on purpose in his red VW Polo, but even so, she thought the sentence was too harsh.

“I am very, very shocked by the punishment he has been given,” she told the Chronicle.

"I don't think that is fair at all – I think they must have wanted to make an example of him, but I think a slap on the wrist would have been sufficient.”

I don't think that is fair at all – I think they must have wanted to make an example of him, but I think a slap on the wrist would have been sufficient.

Lees was also ordered to pay £90 prosecution costs plus a £50 victim surcharge. He told the Chronicle that he missed the court hearing because the summons had been sent to an old address, adding: “It was one lapse of concentration and nothing more than that. People drive through puddles and people do get splashed – it's unavoidable unfortunately – it really is an everyday occurrence so, yes, I do feel hard done by.

“I did not mean to splash the family – I knew there was a police car behind me, so why would I do something like that on purpose when they were following. If you ask anyone who knows me, I am not the kind of person to do something like that on purpose – that's not what I am like at all.”

Mrs Pugh said: “If we get the £50 payment to the 'victim' it will be going straight in a charity pot.”

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