Firefighter who gave fake names to dodge speeding tickets is jailed

By Dayna Farrington | Wednesbury | Crime | Published:

A Black Country firefighter who provided fake identities to try and avoid speeding tickets has been jailed for a year.

Jason Bennett

Jason Bennett, 44, was caught breaking the law three times in under six months but gave police bogus names and addresses in an attempt to dodge penalty points and fines.

His Mercedes was clocked travelling at 37mph in a 30mph zone in Darlaston Road, Walsall, in June 2018, West Midlands Police said.

He was later caught travelling at 49mph in a 40mph zone on the Fort Parkway, in Birmingham, in October.

It was then recorded at 54mph in a 40mph area on Heartlands Parkway, in Birmingham, later that same month.

He returned Notice of Intended Prosecutions forms,which are sent to the registered keeper, with false details for the 'phantom' driver each time.

But West Midlands Police officers were not to be deceived and were able to prove Bennett, who already had six penalty points, was spinning a web of lies with CCTV evidence to back them up.

Bennett, of Forge Street, Wednesbury, admitted perverting the course of justice at Birmingham Crown Court on Wednesday and was jailed for one year.

He faces a further 12-month driving ban.

Pc Jon Brown, from West Midlands Police's Camera Enforcement Unit, said: "Speed limits are in place to protect everyone and save lives. Members of all emergency services see the tragic consequences of collisions caused by speed.

“It doesn’t matter who is involved - we will never tolerate deceit to avoid punishment. He has now faced the ultimate sanction of losing his liberty."

Dayna Farrington

By Dayna Farrington
Senior reporter based at Wolverhampton

Reporter for the Express & Star based at Wolverhampton.

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