Tailgating driver escapes ban

AN ARMY driver from Seaford has been spared a driving ban after overtaking and tailgating on the marsh road between Eastbourne and Hastings.

James Tait, of Vale Close, Seaford, appeared before the town’s magistrates on Friday (October 21) and pleaded guilty to driving without due car and attention.

The 26-year-old who drives HGVs for the army was followed for around 30 minutes by a police officer on April 7 after he was spotted at the Wallsend Road roundabout at Pevensey. He was followed towards Hastings and seen to make a number of ‘inappropriate’ manoeuvres.

Helen Constantinou, prosecuting, said Tait was not exceeding the speed limit but was tailgating other drivers and his overtaking caused a lorry to swerve out of his path. One witness said he was ‘using the car as a weapon’.

Tait represented himself in court and said, “I had to squeeze myself in the gap and I understand that was careless.”

Magistrates asked Tait, with a previous conviction for drink driving in 2007, what a ban would mean for him.

He said, “I would lose my job and accommodation. It would destroy me.” He said his army unit knew about the court case and he was hoping he would not be banned from the road.

Magistrates put nine points on Tait’s licence and ordered him to pay a £320 fine, £43 court costs and a £15 surcharge.