Jail For Providing False Information


An engineer has been jailed for six months for providing false information after being caught speeding six times.

Matthew Potter, of Langley Place, Billericay, appeared at Basildon Crown Court on, May 9, where he pleaded guilty to six counts of perverting the course of justice.

He was also disqualified from driving for 15 months and ordered to pay £600 in court costs.

Between August 7, 2015, and August 29, 2016, speed cameras six times caught a BMW 318D and a Mitsubishi L200 belonging to Potter travelling at excess speed.

Prosecution notices were sent to Potter and he provided names and addresses of people he said were driving at the time.

He then voluntarily attended two police interviews. In the first, he insisted the vehicles were being driven by people at his work, Network Rail, on test drives.

In the second, Potter admitted providing false details after images showed he was towing a caravan on one occasion and, on another, he was carrying a motorcycle on the back of his truck. On two other occasions, Potter was towing other vehicles.

Casualty reduction manager, Adam Pipe, said: “Potter blamed his own work colleagues for his reckless and dangerous behaviour.

“He continued to lie to avoid a driving disqualification and thought he could trick police into believing he was an innocent party. In each case, he was wrong.

“We continued to investigate the case and found Potter behind the wheel on each occasion. Not only has he been disqualified, he will now serve time in a prison cell.”

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