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Man Jailed After Car Drove Off A12 Bridge

A man has been told he will serve 38 months in prison after he admitted causing a serious collision on the A12 near Kelvedon, last year. 

A Mitsubishi Shogun left the northbound carriageway while travelling over a bridge and landed on the B1024, shortly after 1am on Tuesday, October 31. 

The emergency services were called to attend and a woman in her 30s was taken to hospital life threatening injuries. 

Ashley Jackson, 29, of Hunters Hall Road, Dagenham, was charged the following day with aggravated vehicle taking, driving without insurance and driving without a licence. 

He was remanded in custody to appear at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court and pleaded guilty to all counts. 

Detective Sergeant Adam High from our Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said:

"Jackson was driving a stolen Mitsubishi Shogun dangerously when he lost control and left the carriageway to the nearside, causing serious life changing injuries - including skull fractures - to a passenger within the vehicle.

"This was a terrible collision with serious consequences for a woman and her family, and I hope that it brings some semblance of closure and comfort to the injured party.  

"His reckless actions have caused physical and emotional trauma to the victim, and we work every day to ensure such incidents like this happen as infrequently as possible on our roads. 

"Where they do happen, we work tirelessly to ensure that offenders see their day in court."

Jackson was handed 38 months in prison for causing serious injury by dangerous driving, and an 18 month term for aggravated vehicle taking, to run concurrently. 

He has also been disqualified from driving for four years, at the end which he will be required to take an extended test.

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