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Illegal driver jailed after motorbike collision
6:00am Friday 6th September 2013 in News
A talented amateur footballer’s career might be over after he suffered serious leg injuries when he was knocked off a motorcycle by an illegal driver, Bradford Crown Court heard.
Emmott Parr-Gallagher’s right toe was shattered and his step-father, Andrew Hollings, has been left permanently disabled after the collision at the junction of Thornton Road and Lower Grattan Road, Bradford, at 7am on November 28 last year.
Sandeep Aujley, 30, who drove across the path of the motorcycle in a car he had unlawfully taken from his wife, was jailed for nine months yesterday and banned from driving for 12 months.
Aujley, of Blackburn Close, Fairweather Green, Bradford, pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicle taking that caused injury, failing to stop after an accident and driving without insurance or a licence.
Prosecutor Nikki Peers said Aujley took the keys to his wife’s Mini Cooper while they were staying at his mother’s house in Thornton, Bradford.
Miss Peers said Aujley turned right at traffic lights into the path of the bike.
The car struck Mr Hollings’ motorcycle, with Mr Parr-Gallagher riding pillion, as they were on their way to work.
Aujley stopped briefly at the scene before making off on foot, after locking up the car and leaving it.
Mr Hollings’ motorcycle, valued at £8,250, was written off in the smash.
He was treated at Bradford Royal Infirmary for serious injuries, including a severely damaged right knee that left him on crutches and housebound for months.
His injuries had left him with permanent disability and he was prone to arthritis, the court was told.
Mr Parr-Gallagher, a promising footballer and all-round sportsman, was on crutches after the smash and his career may have ended, Miss Peers said.
Aujley had four previous convictions for driving while disqualified, the court heard.
In mitigation, his solicitor advocate, Ian Hudson, said he handed himself in to the police on the day of the offence and was remorseful.
He had set up his own carpet cleaning business and his wife had recently had a baby, the court heard.
Jailing Aujley, Judge John Potter told him: “You took a deliberate decision to risk driving that vehicle.”