An unlicensed and uninsured reckless drug-driver who crashed into an ambulance that was on a 999 call as he tried to flee from police officers in Christchurch has been put behind bars.
Adam Vaughan, 32 and of Nursery Close in Hordle, Lymington, was handed a 14-month prison term and banned from driving for four years at Bournemouth Crown Court on Thursday 18 July 2019.
Vaughan previously admitted to dangerous driving, failing to stop for the police, driving without insurance, driving without a licence and two counts of driving when the proportion of a controlled drug was above the specified limit.
At around 14.30 hours on Wednesday 20 February, 2019 Vaughan was seen driving his Volkswagen Golf along Barrack Road.
Road Policing Officers recorded his speed as being 53mph in a 30mph zone.
The officers, who were travelling in an unmarked police vehicle illuminated their blue emergency lights and requested for the Vaughan to stop.
Vaughan failed to do so.
Specially trained pursuit officers followed the fleeing vehicle, and Vaughan was seen to make a sharp right turn into Clarendon Road, also a 30mph zone, and overtake cars at speed.
As Vaughan reached the end of Clarendon Road at the junction of Fairmile Road, he failed to give way and pulled out straight into the path of an ambulance, which was attending an emergency 999 call.
Vaughan was detained from the driver’s seat by officers. He failed a roadside drug wipe.
Two paramedics from the ambulance were taken to Poole Hospital as a precaution. No patients were on board the ambulance at the time.
Inspector Joe Pardey, of the traffic unit, said:
“Adam Vaughan has continued to flout the law and drive uninsured and without a licence.
“He put so many road users at risk that day by drug driving and travelling at excess speeds.
“His poor driving resulted in a collision, and it is nothing but sheer luck that no one was more seriously injured.
“I hope the sentence handed out by the court will reiterate our commitment to taking dangerous and uninsured motorists off the road.”