Jail after banned driver hit motorbike

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A BANNED driver who injured a motorcyclist when he performed a dangerous u-turn on the A16 near Spalding has been jailed.

Lincoln Crown Court heard how Haraldas Kudinovas pulled up alongside the A16 heading towards Spalding but suddenly set off again and did a complete turn around after realising he was heading in the wrong direction for his home town of Scunthorpe.

Rob Townsend, prosecuting at Tuesday’s hearing, said that soldier Ryan McCann was driving his Suzuki motorcycle past Kudinovas at the time the u-turn was carried out, on August 8 last year, and was unable to take avoiding action.

He said: “Mr McCann was level with the BMW when it turned suddenly in front of him leaving him with nowhere to go. He was thrown into the road.”

Mr McCann, who was returning to his barracks in Surrey after visiting his mother at Sutterton, suffered serious injuries to his right foot and knee.

His right wrist was also damaged and his left arm broken and is still receiving medical treatment seven months after the collision.

Kudinovas (32), of Exeter Road in Scunthorpe, admitted dangerous driving and driving while disqualified. He was jailed for 19 months and two weeks and banned from driving for three years.

The court was told that just 24 days before the collision Kudinovas received a suspended jail sentence and was banned from driving for 18 months by North Lincolnshire magistrates for a previous offence of driving while disqualified.

Daniel Bishop, defending, said Kudinovas accepted he should not have been driving and accepted responsibility for what happened.

He said: “This was a single dangerous manouvre.”

He said Kudinovas, who has recently become a father, had been unable to work since his arrest as he was initially held in custody and then had to surrender his passport as part of bail conditions.

Mr Bishop added: “He deeply regrets his actions of that day.”

Judge Sean Morris told him: “You are a menace with cars. This was a shockingly bad manouvre. The consequences have been dire.”