Practice and Procedure


PUBLISHED January 25, 2012

Road traffic - Non-custodial sentence - Careless driving - Defendant Olympic star driving down wrong side of road and colliding with vehicle

R v Christie: CA (Crim Div) (Mr Justice Treacy and Mr Justice Blair (judgment delivered extempore): 13 January 2012

The defendant, 51, was a former British Olympic champion. On 8 May 2010, the defendant was driving his car along a road near his home. He had lived in the US shortly before and had recently moved to the area. The defendant drove a short distance to a supermarket. Realising it was closed, he drove from the forecourt of the supermarket onto the main road. He failed to notice a vehicle approaching travelling in the same direction on the road.

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