A12 Essex: Driver jailed for driving the wrong way

A 35-year-old man has been jailed after driving his car the wrong way down the A12 motorway for three miles.

Gregory Taylor of Willow Walk, Tiptree was sentenced to two years’ imprisonment for dangerous driving on the A12 when he appeared at Ipswich Crown Court on Thursday, 10 November, having confessed to the offenses at an earlier hearing.

He was also banned from driving for four years.

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Taylor appeared in court to answer 17 road charges relating to five vehicles in separate incidents between July and September, including one count of dangerous driving and four counts of incompetent driving, failure to stop and report a collision.

On August 14, officers attempted to stop Gregory Taylor’s BMW X5 in Stanway.

Taylor was caught on video wearing the body when he crashed into a police car and another car on the A12 Spring Lane roundabout before escaping.

Taylor then attempted to evade arrest by driving the car three miles in the wrong direction on the A12, against oncoming traffic, before crashing into roadside bushes at the Marks Tey exit where Taylor and his passenger abandoned the car and ran away.

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The Essex Police Road Police unit launched an investigation and Gregory Taylor has been identified as the same driver of two other vehicles who failed to stop in front of officers twice in Tiptree in July this year.

Taylor committed a further traffic offense on September 3 in Tiptree when he drove a BMW 1, speeding over 80 mph.

Just two days later, he was also caught on CCTV leaving a car on Oak Road, Tiptree. The car was seized without insurance.

Taylor was arrested on September 7 and charged.

When interviewed, Taylor admitted that his driving was below required standards and that he was driving dangerously.

He told police that he had no car insurance and no license because he had been disqualified earlier.

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