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Gerard Duffy sentenced to ten months in prison following Aintree collision

News   •   Jul 22, 2019 17:56 BST

We have today, Monday 22 July, welcomed the sentencing of a man following an incident in Aintree earlier this year. 

At around 8.30pm on Friday, 5 April, a traffic officer was stopped by a member of the public who pointed out a BMW car on Park Lane, being driven by a man who they suspected had been drink driving. The vehicle stopped and when the traffic officer approached the car the driver refused to get out and drove through a red light, colliding with a car belonging to a member of the public.

Some nearby officers assisted in attempting to stop the vehicle, but the driver continued to try and drive through traffic despite there being a number of police officers in front of the car. One officer received minor injuries.

56-year-old Gerard Duffy of Nelville Road, Walton was charged with dangerous driving, failing to provide a specimen for analysis and obstruct/resist a constable in execution of duty. He was today sentenced to ten months in prison at Liverpool Crown Court and also disqualified from driving for five years and three months, after pleading guilty.

Detective Inspector Lee Wilkinson said: “This incident occurred in a busy area at a time when many people were leaving Aintree races following Ladies Day and the actions of Duffy were incredibly reckless and inconsiderate. Thankfully, no one was seriously injured however the consequences could’ve been tragic and I hope Duffy now takes time to reflect on his actions and the damage he could’ve caused.

“This kind of behaviour will not be tolerated by Merseyside Police and we will continue to do all that we can to bring those responsible for such offences to justice and keep our roads and communities safe.”

Anyone with information on road-related offences or crime in your area can contact @MerPolCC, 101 or @CrimestoppersUK on 0800 555 111 with information.