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Danger driver in trial by dash cam; footage helps to convict motorist who could have caused crash by his reckless manoeuvre.

Byline: PAUL BRITTON paul.britton@men-news.co.uk @PAULBRITTONMEN

DASHBOARD camera footage helped convict a motorist of dangerous driving in a landmark court case.

The shocking footage captured the moment reckless Harvey Schofield undertakes a HGV on a motorway then brakes suddenly.

Police said his driving put lives at risk and could have resulted in a serious collision.

A driver who witnessed the incident submitted the dash cam footage to police and it was used in a prosecution.

The lives motorists been put Pc Liz The subsequent court case is believed to be the first in Cheshire where a motorist has been brought to justice for dangerous driving as a result of dash cam footage.

Schofield, 53, of Turnstone Road, Offerton, Stockport, was found guilty after a trial at Chester Magistrates' Court of dangerous driving.

He was handed a 12-week suspended prison sentence, 200 hours of community service and a PS620 fine, as well as being ordered to take an extended driving test.

The footage captured Schofield driving a high-powered Audi on the M56 in Cheshire on March 30 last year.

Pc Liz Thompson, from the force's Serious and Complex Collision Investigation Unit, thanked the witness who submitted the footage, saying that the prosecution would not have been possible without it.

of innocent could have put at risk Thompson "The footage clearly showed that Schofield deliberately undertook the tipper truck, then, for no apparent reason, deliberately pulled out into the path of the vehicle and intentionally slammed on his brakes," she said.

"Thankfully, the driver of the truck was able to stop his vehicle in time and did not collide with Schofield's car.

"However, I have no doubt that had it not been for the driver's quick-thinking actions, there could have been a serious collision and the lives of innocent motorists could have been put at risk."

David Keane, Cheshire's police and crime commissioner, said dash cam footage was being used more and more by police to crack down on bad driving.

"It is one of the innovative solutions police can use to prosecute those who are driving dangerously to ensure their actions don't lead to serious injury or loss of life in the future," he said.

"I would encourage residents of Cheshire, who have captured evidence of people committing traffic offences, to submit it to Cheshire Constabulary."

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Driver Harvey Schofield is filmed undertaking a lorry. Bottom, he pulls in front of the wagon before hitting his brakes. Photos from Cheshire Police

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