A disqualified driver has been jailed after he nearly hit a dad and three children walking across a zebra crossing.
Horrifying footage of the incident on Green Lane, Castle Bromwich, showed impatient driver Louis Boyce trying to overtake a vehicle stopped at the crossing.
The 22-year-old narrowly missed a young girl and her siblings during the heart-stopping moment on May 4, 2020.
Dashcam footage showed the young girl’s dad frantically trying to stop Boyce by slapping his hand onto his bonnet.
But the reckless driver simply revved his engine and sped off. According to Birmingham Live, the footage was shared on social media at the time, in a bid to identify the driver.
Following the social media appeal, Boyce handed himself in but gave ‘no comment’ during his police interview, despite several witnesses identifying him.
On December 8 he appeared before Birmingham Crown Court and pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, driving whilst disqualified and having no insurance. He was jailed on January 28, for 42 weeks and banned from driving for two years.
Ryan Hodgins, prosecuting, said a couple and their four children – aged ten, eight, five and three – had been out for a walk and were returning home before the incident.
The children's mum said she had heard Boyce "screeching to a halt" and initially thought he had hit her partner's legs.
PC Abbi Jones, of West Midlands Police's 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.
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“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.
"Officers from our team reached out to the victims and commenced our investigation, which led to this conviction. I hope this serves as a warning that driving in this manner will not be tolerated on our roads. We will take action to hold those who drive dangerously accountable.”
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