VIDEO: Dash cam footage shows taxi driver's escape after 75mph crash

Published 01 February 2017

Dash cam footage shows the moment a taxi driver escaped serious injury after a 17-year-old crashed into his Vauxhall Astra at 75mph.

The video was used in evidence at Liverpool Crown Court in January where teenager Sean Grindle admitted dangerous driving and driving without a licence and without insurance.

The court heard police officers spotted the Toyota in Liverpool at around 1am on 18 June 2016. Trying to avoid capture, Grindle overtook another car, drove the wrong way down a one way street and crossed a give-way junction without slowing. 

The taxi's VisionTrack VT2000 camera captured the moment the teenager's Toyota RAV4 loses control after hitting another car. The Toyota then spins in the air and crashes into the taxi. Despite the serious damage caused to both cars, no one was seriously injured. 

Judge Neil Flewitt, QC, said it was 'a miracle' that no one was killed but decided not to jail Grindle, now aged 18, because it was his first offence. 

Grindle, who was working in a garage, had bought the Toyota and was preparing to take his test when he panicked after police asked him to pull over. He was given 10 months in a young offenders' institution, suspended for two years, and banned from driving for two years.


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