Banned 21 times - but Adrian Meaker still keeps driving
THIS is the face of one of Bristol’s worst drivers.
Adrian Meaker has been banned from driving 21 times, and has just been jailed for his latest offence.
His awful record of car crime began in 1978 when he was just 15. Since then he has been banned for a total of 21 years, but constantly defies the law to get behind the wheel time and time again.
The 48 year-old’s record has been described by a judge as one of the worst he had ever seen.
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In his most recent offence, Meaker crashed his Ford Ka as police officers chased after him when he failed to stop at a red light.
He smashed into a van during the police pursuit, which lasted just 500 yards, Bristol Crown Court was told.
Meaker, of Cossham Street, Mangotsfield, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, failing to comply with a traffic signal, driving while disqualified, failing to stop after an accident and driving without insurance in January.
The Recorder of Bristol His Honour Judge Neil Ford QC jailed him for eight months – the 15th time he has been sentenced to custody for driving offences.
Judge Ford said: “As you know, you have got as bad a record for road traffic offences as ever comes before these courts.
“A particularly aggravating feature of this case is that on September 11 last year, for driving whilst disqualified and no insurance, you received a sentence of 13 weeks.
“Within a short time of your release from prison you have committed these offences.”
Meaker’s long list of previous convictions include 21 offences of driving while disqualified and three further charges of driving in a reckless or dangerous way.
The judge this week banned Meaker, yet again, for another two years and told him to pass an extended driving test before returning behind the wheel.
Robert Reid, prosecuting, said police spotted banned driver Meaker driving in Mangotsfield and a marked police car used its lights and sirens to try and pull him over at Siston Hill roundabout.
Mr Reid said: “He drove through a red traffic light and as a result, almost inevitably, crashed into another vehicle.
“He became wedged between the vehicle and another vehicle and was revving furiously.
“He abandoned the car on a grass verge. There was a female passenger and the defendant attempted to escape and the passenger remained.”
The court heard Meaker claimed he owed a drug debt to a female gangster and had driven because he wanted to sell some bedding.
His previous offences included a plethora of convictions for driving while disqualified, extending back to the 1970s and continuing through the 1980s, ’90s and 2000s, the court was told.
Tabitha Macfarlane, defending, said: “Mr Meaker is an expert in illegal driving.
“His list goes back to the 1970s and it reads like an historical document. Even Borstal is on there.
“He’s 48 years old and he says he’s fed up with his life. He says his whole life is based around rubbish and drugs and he ought to get a life.
“He has a grandchild due in June and he wants to get clean and qualified.”