Road ban for driver who hit eight cars then attacked emergency worker
A suspected drink-driver who crashed into eight cars outside a school and attacked an emergency worker has been banned from the road for 18 months.
Sundeep Malhi, 35, has also been given two suspended prison sentences after being convicted of dangerous driving and assault by beating over the incident in June last year.
The crash took place on Goldthorn Road near The Royal School in Wolverhampton while parents were outside, the city's crown court heard.
Prosecuting, Simon Rippon, said: “The defendant was driving along the road and collided with eight cars and mounted the pavement outside a school when parents were there.”
At a previous hearing at a magistrates court Malhi was handed a 16-week sentence, suspended for two years, and ordered to pay £440 for assaulting the emergency worker and failing to provide a breath sample.
Malhi, of Redhouse Road, Tettenhall, was originally sentenced without an extra charge of dangerous driving, but prosecutors decided to re-address that at court and brought forward the offence.
The defendant pleaded guilty at the first opportunity and as a result Judge Martin Jackson reduced his sentence by one third this week.
Judge Jackson said a factor in the dangerous driving offence was that Malhi was “driving under the influence” and was “intoxicated”.
Malhi was described as previous good character and the offence “was out of context for his personal life”, said Balraj Bhatia, defending.
Since the incident, Malhi has stepped down as a company director.
The defendant was given an 18-week prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, and disqualified from driving for 18 months. He was also ordered to retake his test before getting his licence back.
Malhi was also ordered to pay compensation two members of the public who were affected by the aftermath of the crash.
One man will receive £670 and a second man, who had a second-hand 2003-plate Citroen Picasso written off in the incident, will receive £600.
The court heard he bought an £11,000 Mercedes with the insurance money but Judge Jackson said: “I’m not satisfied about the cost of his (the victim’s) vehicle."
Malhi was also told to pay £85 in prosecution costs.
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