Judges who sentence dangerous drivers often remind them that their bad driving turns their vehicle into a potential killing machine.
Here we list the drivers, as well as cyclist, whose exploits have landed them behind bars this year.
Having been convicted of serious driving offences they were handed jail terms ranging from six months to four years.
They include drivers who sped off from police as well as those driving while disqualified.
One driver who crashed paid a heavier penalty than the rest, by killing his friend.
And a cyclist who collided with an OAP, proving you can also harm people on two wheels, had his sentence topped up with another offence.
The more you read about them, the safer you want to drive.
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Paul Smith, 12 months
“You were basically playing Russian roulette with everyone’s life.”
This is how a judge described the actions of a drugged-up driver whose driving was so dangerous he rammed police before crashing.
Paul Smith bought his Fiat car after splitting from his partner and needing somewhere to live, Bristol Crown Court heard.
Having never held a driving licence he panicked when police tried to pull him over and led them on a 20-minute pursuit in which he overtook traffic on blind bends and hurtled through 30mph restrictions at 60mph.
After coming to a stop he reversed at speed into a police car, disabling the vehicle and causing two police officers to sustain whiplash.
He then drove the wrong way around a roundabout and smashed into a farmer’s gate.
Smith, 31, of Wootton Road in St Annes, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving without a driving licence and insurance on September 10 last year.
Judge Mark Horton jailed him for year.
Connor Coltman, 16 months, 20 days
A man jailed for 16 months for nearly killing a pensioner in Bedminster was put back behind bars after stealing two bottles of champagne.
Connor Coltman was released early from a prison sentence given to him last June, and within days of his release was back in trouble again.
The 27-year-old was caught stealing two bottles of champagne from Asda in Bedminster on November 11, just a few weeks after being released from prison for a serious incident on nearby East Street.
He was returned to prison, pleaded guilty on January 6 to theft and was sentenced to another 20 days’ custody.
Back on January 15 last year Coltman was cycling at speed up East Street in Bedminster when he swerved around one pedestrian before hitting pensioner Angela Horseman, who was crossing the road.
Mrs Horseman, then aged 70, was knocked unconscious and was taken to Southmead Hospital, where she was found to have bleeding on the brain, a fractured skull and a punctured lung.
He pleaded guilty to a relatively rare and archaic charge of ‘causing bodily harm by wanton or furious driving’, a piece of legislation which dates back to 1861 and applied then to horse-drawn carriages.
Kieron Conway, 14 months
A Staple Hill man whose life “spiralled out of control” after bereavement was jailed.
Bristol Crown Court heard Kieran Conway’s mother died in 2018, after which he had turned to drink and drugs.
Twice police found him driving while under the influence, and both times he failed to provide blood or breath samples.
Conway, 24, of Shipman Court, pleaded guilty to failing to provide specimens as well as driving without insurance or a proper licence and assaulting an emergency worker.
Judge James Patrick jailed him for 14 months.
He told Conway: “It is a shame to see somebody like you in such a mess.
“The reality is if you don’t sort yourself out you will spend longer and longer in custody.”
Conway was banned from driving for four years, starting from his release from prison.
Rhys Lansdown, 14 months
An Audi driver who led police on two high speed chases in one week was jailed.
Rhys Lansdown was seen to drive dangerously on July 30 last year, Bristol Crown Court heard.
Having given the slip and parked his car, he led police on another pursuit but was apprehended.
Lansdown, 23, of The Avenue in Keynsham, pleaded guilty to two charges of dangerous driving and two charges of driving while disqualified and without insurance.
Judge Julian Lambert jailed him for 14 months.
He told Lansdown: “Your attitude is to do as you please on the road, regardless of other people.
Lansdown was disqualified from driving for three years, with a seven-month extension, and told to pass an extended driving test.
Taylor Hale, four years
CCTV captured the seconds before disaster when a young driver showing off to mates hurtled into a parked cement mixer, killing one of them.
Footage captured Taylor Hale estimated to be driving his Mazda 3 as fast as 82mph when he used a bus lane to undertake traffic on Fishponds Road.
After seeing the unlit cement mixer too late and too fast, Hale slammed into it – killing his friend Mohamud Mohamud.
Hale was advised to say nothing when interviewed, but admitted he had a tendency to show off.
The 33-year-old, of Victoria Parade, Bristol, pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving and causing death when driving while unlicensed on October 4, 2018.
Judge Michael Longman jailed him for four years.
He told Hale: “It was a tragic and needless event caused solely by your bad driving, your undertaking and your excessive speed, all of which were highly dangerous.”
Hale, who stood as sentence was imposed, was banned from driving for five years on his release and told to pass an extended driving test.
John McDonagh, 20 months
A dad “deliberately” drove his van into a group of people and sparked fears of a terrorist attack in Knowle West.
John McDonagh, 35, drunkenly hit two women with his white Ford Transit when he drove at at the crowd outside Filwood Community Centre in Barnstaple Road, witnesses said.
The father-of-five was jailed after ploughing the van into three vehicles outside the centre on February 1, as “terrified” children hid in cupboards.
McDonagh, of Hartcliffe Road, had been forced to leave the centre minutes earlier because he was “acting strangely” during a fundraiser at the venue.
He “crushed” one woman between a car and his van in the incident, which people at the fundraiser thought to be terror-related.
They had been raising money for the three children of Carrie Louise Steven, 38, who suddenly died in her sleep on November 29 last year.
McDonagh was handed a 20-month jail term at Bristol Crown Court (March 4, 2020), after admitting dangerous driving, actual bodily harm and drink-driving.
He also pleaded guilty to driving while banned and without insurance.
Joe Beacham, six months
A man smashed up is dad’s car when chased by police before hiding out in a Wendy house.
Police lost sight of Joe Beacham as he sped through Bristol in the Audi on the wrong side of the road, causing other drivers to swerve out of his way.
After damaging the car’s suspension he dumped it on a roundabout and legged it.
But when police found the Audi onlookers directed them towards The Kings Head pub on Bridgwater Road.
And officers found Beacham crammed in a Wendy house, with the Audi keys under leaves.
He told them: “My dad’s going to be furious.”
The 28-year-old, of Cornhill Drive in Hengrove, pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicle taking, driving while disqualified without insurance and possessing cannabis on December 30 last year.
Judge Euan Ambrose jailed him for six months.
He told Beacham: “It is only the smallest miscalculation in such cases for there to be a tragic outcome.”
Beacham was banned from driving for two years and three months and told to take an extended driving test.
Leslie Jarvis, ten months
Oldest boy racer in town Leslie Jarvis was jailed for dangerous driving – aged 73.
The disqualified driver pulled over when he spotted an emergency vehicle in his mirrors.
But when he realised that it was not an ambulance, but a police car, he hit the gas and sped off towards Downend, jumping red traffic lights as he gunned his Vauxhall Astra at twice the speed limit until it broke down.
When police pulled up he told them: “I lost it in the head. I went berserk.”
Jarvis, of Padmore Court in St George, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, driving while disqualified and without insurance on November 9 last year.
Bristol Crown Court heard he had four previous convictions for dangerous driving and six for driving while disqualified and uninsured.
Judge Euan Ambrose jailed him for ten months.
He told him: “You have a large number of previous offences for a wide variety of offences.
“Immediate custody is appropriate in your case.”