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Banned Matson driver Jeremiah Smith jailed after car chase through Gloucester

By The Citizen  |  Posted: April 21, 2014

Jeremiah Smith

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Banned driver Jeremiah Smith took his girlfriend’s car and chased her through the streets of Gloucester as she was carried in another car, following in close pursuit and ramming the car she was in three times.

The 28-year-old was jailed for a year after he drove dangerously through the streets after the couple’s row on March 1.

Gloucester Crown Court saw CCTV footage of Smith tailing the car Tina Butler was in, getting within four to five feet of it, around the Quays, Docks and Gloucester’s Police Station.

But the moment he rammed into their vehicle was not captured on the video.

Prosecutor Janine Wood said: “There was an argument between the defendant and Miss Butler about him seeing another girl. She had parked outside his house and was intending on staying the night and left her keys in his house.

“She went back to collect the keys with her friend in a Renault Clio. They beeped and told him that if he did not give them the keys they would get the police tomorrow.

“The women drove off and as they got to the lights, they noticed her distinctive orange Proton Satria and the defendant was driving. He was driving exceptionally close. He rammed into them at least three times.”

The court heard that Smith, of Taylor House in Matson, had 20 previous convictions for 38 offences including five for driving while disqualified and three for dangerous driving and was on a community order at the time of the offence.

He had lost his licence in November 2011 and never resat his test, so only held a provisional licence.

Defending, Tim Burrows said their relationship had come to a head that night.

He said: “She comes to his address in Matson Lane, beeped the horn, causing distress to the residents at 5am, wanting the car.

“He decides, ‘if you want it, you can have it’. He drives behind her. He accepts his driving falls far below the standard.

“His account is that the collisions took place because he was driving behind her and she was braking suddenly.

“It is fortunate nobody was injured, but it is clear he needs assistance with problem-solving and his attitude with his relationship.

“He has got a supportive partner in the public gallery. She has been with him an awful long time.”

Recorder Michael Gibney said he understood both cars were written off, but there was disagreement whether the Proton actually had been.

Smith admitted aggravated vehicle taking by dangerous driving, driving while disqualified and driving without insurance.

As well as the jail sentence, he was banned from driving for two years.

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  • bonzaharris1  |  April 21 2014, 6:23PM

    What a lowlife waste of oxygen ... aggravated vehicle taking by dangerous driving, driving while disqualified and driving without insurance. Its not assistance with problem-solving and his attitude with his relationship that he requires, more like locking up for five years and a 10 year driving ban. He might just have grown up a bit by then, though I wouldn't hold my breath.

  • Kay_Powell  |  April 21 2014, 4:58PM

    Zinboya, that's surprising, not to mention highly hypocritical; they used to allow that c-word (meaning faeces or rubbish), and not only in comments. Just try putting the word into the search box, and you will see examples of its use by Glosmedia's own reporters. For some reason, they have always banned the s-word with the same meaning. There's no rhyme or reason for their choice of words to ban or use.

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  • MrGarnet  |  April 21 2014, 4:42PM

    "Punishment" in this country is a joke.

  • zinboya  |  April 21 2014, 4:36PM

    O, dear can not say C,R,A,P, IN THE Citizen

  • zinboya  |  April 21 2014, 4:34PM

    Should have got 20 years, but there again the useless judges, give **** sentences.

  • jackson99  |  April 21 2014, 4:09PM

    Again the Courts soft on crime - rams a car 3 times with somebody in it.

  • NIGHTRIDER69  |  April 21 2014, 3:15PM

    no justice!!! he should of got at least 5 years,

  • Kay_Powell  |  April 21 2014, 1:36PM

    Ah, what a lovely young man. Thirty-eight previous convictions. It's a mystery how such people manage to have so many friends and girlfriends.

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