Coventry & Warwickshire

Steven McInulty sentenced for driving wrong way in Coleshill

A Coventry man has been given an eight-month suspended prison sentence for driving the wrong way along a dual carriageway in Warwickshire.

Steven McInulty, of Heathcote Street, admitted dangerous driving, driving whilst disqualified and driving without insurance in Coleshill last year.

The 25-year-old was banned from driving for three years, ordered to pay £1,800 costs and do 200 hours of unpaid work.

Film of the incident in Faraday Avenue on 5 June had been posted on YouTube.

McNulty, who also pleaded guilty to furnishing false particulars, was on licence after being released from prison for robbery when he was caught illegally driving his Citroen Saxo.

Warwick Crown Court heard the defendant already had a string of motoring offences.

'Unforgettable driving'

Judge Richard Atkins QC told McNulty, whose sentence was suspended for two years, that it was "more by luck than judgment" that there had been no serious repercussions.

Mr Atkins said: "When the police officer went after you, you then drove appallingly.

"You caused all sorts of vehicles to have to take evasive action as you drove the wrong way.

"And you then drove past your pals, who all thought it was tremendously funny and who had the stupidity to film you.

"What you did, it is lucky nobody was killed or seriously injured.

"I am not going to forget that piece of driving. I know that road and I will remember you.

"And I will tell you here and now, you will remember me, won't you?"

McNulty, dressed in a grey tracksuit, replied: "Yes."

His car has already been seized, with video of it being crushed uploaded on the internet, according to Warwickshire Police.

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