A DISQUALIFIED driver who was filmed nearly hitting a child on a Castle Bromwich pedestrian crossing after trying to overtake a stationary car has been jailed.
Louie Boyce was caught on dashcam overtaking a vehicle which had stopped to let a family cross the road on Green Lane, before narrowly avoiding crashing into young girl who was on her scooter in May 2020.
The young girl’s dad who was also on the crossing at the time approached the car, but the 22-year-old revved his engine and sped off.
Dashcam footage was released on social media at the time in an attempt to identify the driver.
Boyce handed himself in.
He answered no comment throughout his interview, however dashcam captured his car at the scene and he was identified by several witnesses.
Boyce appeared at Birmingham Crown Court in December and pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, driving whilst disqualified and having no insurance and was jailed for 42 weeks on January 28.
PC Abbi Jones, from the Road Harm Prevention Team, said: “Boyce’s driving was dangerous, reckless and could have cost a young life. “Fortunately, on this occasion nobody was hurt.
“The footage caused public outrage at the time and the online community pulled together to make sure that Boyce was identified and held accountable for his actions.
“I hope this serves as a warning that driving in this manner will not be tolerated on our roads and we will take action to hold those who drive dangerously accountable.”