Man banned from driving after doing donuts and going wrong way around roundabout

By Jessica Durston - 23 November 2022

Crime
  • Image of Bassett doing donuts and driving the wrong way around a roundabout

    Image of Bassett doing donuts and driving the wrong way around a roundabout

A 26-year-old man from Swindon has been banned from driving, after he was seen driving recklessly in North Star Avenue, Swindon - at one point driving the wrong way around a roundabout.

In a video taken by a member of the public on 7 May this year, Daniel Bassett, from Osbourne Street, Swindon, was seen drifting and doing doughnuts in his Lexus car.

The image above has been taken from this video. 

Bassett pleaded guilty to a charge of dangerous driving.

Swindon magistrates yesterday - 22 November - sentenced him to:

  • Attend rehabilitation appointments and participate in any activity as required by the responsible officer up to a maximum of 15 days.
  • To carry out 200 hours of unpaid work.
  • To be disqualified from driving for 15 months, with a requirement to take an extended driving test before this disqualification is lifted.
  • To pay £85 court costs and a £95 surcharge.

Reflecting on the sentence, Wiltshire Police Assistant Chief Constable Deb Smith said: “We welcome the sentence handed down to Bassett, his actions represented severely reckless behaviour and clear danger to those present and the wider public. 

“Op Staysail remains focussed on relentlessly pursuing those who are responsible for creating extremely dangerous situations on our roads whilst participating in disruptive car meets, we will continue to seek the strongest possible sanctions in such cases.”

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