Disqualified driver who was caught on dashcam nearly running over five-year-old girl when he overtook car stopped at zebra crossing is jailed for 42 weeks
- Louie Boyce, 22, was on Friday jailed after he nearly hit a child at zebra crossing
- The man, who was disqualified from driving, overtook a car letting a family cross
- Dashcam video caught the dangerous driver in Castle Bromwich, West Midlands
This is the moment a man disqualified from driving nearly hit a child on a pedestrian crossing in the West Midlands.
Horrifying dash cam footage shows Louie Boyce, 22, overtaking a car which had stopped to let a family cross the road as he narrowly avoids crashing into five-year-old Gracie on a scooter.
The driver was on Friday jailed for 42 weeks following the heart-stopping incident in Castle Bromwich.
Louie Boyce (pictured), 22, was on Friday jailed for 42 weeks following the heart-stopping incident in Castle Bromwich, West Midlands
The video shows Boyce’s white car emerging from behind as the Gracie’s stepfather Jason Payne placed himself in front of the vehicle, shielding her away from the danger.
He can be seen attempting to talk to the Boyce, who then revs his engine and speeds off.
West Midlands Police said the footage was released on social media at the time of the incident in May 2020 in an effort to identify Boyce, who handed himself in.
Mother Elizabeth Mears pictured with her five-year-old daughter, Gracie. Elizabeth said: ‘My little girl was shaken up but was soon scooting back home’
Ms Mears pictured with her partner and Gracie’s stepfather, Jason Payne. In the video he can be seen attempting to talk to the Boyce, who then revs his engine and speeds off
Gracie’s mother Elizabeth Mears shared the clips on social media at the time.
She posted the clips captioned: ‘My partner continues to bang on his bonnet to tell him to stop, but he continues to drive on apologising as he does so.
‘Nobody was hurt but we were all shaken up! Also thank you so much to the witnesses who gave us their dash-cam footage and helped calm us all down.’
Ms Mears added: ‘We are all good now. My little girl was shaken up but was soon scooting back home, but she won’t forget it easily.
‘She’s suspected to be autistic, so things like this she will ask about a lot.
‘The driver just said “sorry” and looked in the back of his car and said something about a chase.’
Boyce’s white car emerges from behind as the girl’s father places himself in front of the vehicle, shielding his daughter (circled) away from the danger
West Midlands Police said the footage was released on social media at the time of the incident in May 2020 in an effort to identify Boyce (pictured), who handed himself in
The dash cam video showed his car at the scene and he was identified by several witnesses, although the driver answered ‘no comment’ throughout his interview.
PC Abbi Jones, from the Road Harm Prevention Team, said: ‘Boyce’s driving was dangerous, reckless and could have cost a young life.
‘Fortunately, on this occasion nobody was hurt.
‘The footage caused public outrage at the time and the online community pulled together to make sure that Boyce was identified and held accountable for his actions.
‘Officers from our Road Harm Prevention Team reached out to the victims having seen the footage and commenced the investigation which has led to this conviction.
‘I hope this serves as a warning that driving in this manner will not be tolerated on our roads and we will take action to hold those who drive dangerously accountable.’
Boyce appeared at Birmingham Crown Court on 8 December and pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, driving whilst disqualified and having no insurance.
On Friday, he was jailed.