CCTV footage shows Punto driver violently ram drugged-up vandal biker into parked van
In Pinxton, Derbyshire, UK, 29-year-old Ashley Wood went joyriding on his motorbike, speeding recklessly down the pavement and kicking the side mirrors off parked cars. However, the vandal's crime spree was abruptly cut off when the driver of an orange Fiat Punto violently rammed him into a parked van. The Punto driver then fled the scene, and all the drama was captured by CCTV footage.
Wood suffered serious injuries in the collision, and spent a week in the hospital for treatment. Derbyshire police found him to be under the influence of drugs, plus over the blood alcohol limit for driving. (What a shocker!) The incident took place on June 15, 2018, and shortly afterwards, law enforcement officials found the orange Fiat burnt to a husk. The driver who committed the hit and run still has not been identified.
The police charged Wood with dangerous driving, driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs, and driving without a license or insurance. Last Thursday, the 29-year-old appeared at Nottingham Crown Court and pleaded guilty to all charges. He was banned from driving for a year and sentenced to eight months in prison, suspended for 18 months.
"Ashley Wood decided one morning that he was going to ride around on a mini motorbike, kicking the wing mirrors of cars parked across Pinxton," said Detective Sergeant Scott Riley, from Derbyshire Constabulary's Collision Investigation Unit, in the CCTV footage.
"It's clear from the CCTV footage that he had no regard for other people's property, or indeed for other people's safety," he continued. "[Wood] rides at speed along pavements and, during the course of our investigations, we discovered he was riding under the influence of drink and drugs. The consequences could have been much worse. I'm pleased that he's now been sentenced for his reckless actions and I hope this sends a clear message that we won't tolerate behavior like this on the streets of Derbyshire."
"Shortly after he rode around kicking cars, Ashley Wood was pursued by an orange Fiat Punto," said Riley. "The Punto was driven off, leaving Ashley at the scene with a number of extremely serious, but thankfully not life-threatening, injuries. We believe that this was a deliberate act, but we still do not know who was driving the Punto."
The police hope that by releasing the CCTV footage, someone with information about the incident might come forward. (After all, how many people in Derbyshire drive orange Puntos?) "Our investigation into that incident is still ongoing and I urge anyone who has information on the person or people responsible to ring us," said Riley.
If you have any information about the driver of the Punto, call 101 and quote the reference number 18000276164, or contact Crimestoppers anonymously at 0800 555 111.