Motorist prosecuted for splashing mum and kids

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A MOTORIST who drenched families on the school run when he drove through a puddle has been prosecuted.

Children and their parents were walking in Wimpole Road, Colchester, when they were soaked by a large wave in January.

But PC Mark Hercules was in his patrol car behind the car and stopped motorist, Samuel Lees.

Lees, 22, of Ladbrook Drive, Colchester, was charged with driving without due care and attention.

He was summonsed to appear at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court on Saturday but did not attend.

An Essex Police spokesman said: “He failed to respond to a postal requisition. As a result, a magistrate fined him in his absence £500, court costs of £90 and a victim surcharge of £50.

“The man, aged in his early 20s, also had his licence endorsed with six penalty points.”

PC Mark Hercules described how during the incident, the vehicle was through the puddle at “a relatively fast speed making no attempt to slow down or avoid it.”

He added: “As a consequence, a large wave of water absolutely soaked the children and their parents.

“We could hear the screams from the children as they got drenched in the cold dirty rain water.

“The motorist drove off. Fortunately, I saw the whole incident.”

Debbie Pugh, her son David, eight, and daughter, Emma, 11, were walking to St George’s Junior School.

David was left in tears.

Police said the puddle could have contained hidden hazards such as a stone that could injure someone, or the motorist could have lost control of his vehicle.

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7:16pm Thu 6 Mar 14

Carl Seager says...

So fix the bloody drains! There shouldn't be any 'puddles' and if there are it's the council who's responsible not the motorist.
So fix the bloody drains! There shouldn't be any 'puddles' and if there are it's the council who's responsible not the motorist. Carl Seager
  • Score: -18

7:40pm Thu 6 Mar 14

linton68 says...

Sam Lees 22 yrs old, says it all really, perhaps the fine, and points on his driving licence will help him grow up. Council at fault? shouldent be any puddles?.. Give us a break?.
Sam Lees 22 yrs old, says it all really, perhaps the fine, and points on his driving licence will help him grow up. Council at fault? shouldent be any puddles?.. Give us a break?. linton68
  • Score: 15

8:18am Fri 7 Mar 14

No! I am Spartacus says...

linton68 wrote:
Sam Lees 22 yrs old, says it all really, perhaps the fine, and points on his driving licence will help him grow up. Council at fault? shouldent be any puddles?.. Give us a break?.
And the generalisation statement of the day award goes to....Linton68. Any other wild links about his age and the action? Please, entertain us again.

Sam Lees may be an intellectual pygmy, but you appear to be in the same tribe.....
[quote][p][bold]linton68[/bold] wrote: Sam Lees 22 yrs old, says it all really, perhaps the fine, and points on his driving licence will help him grow up. Council at fault? shouldent be any puddles?.. Give us a break?.[/p][/quote]And the generalisation statement of the day award goes to....Linton68. Any other wild links about his age and the action? Please, entertain us again. Sam Lees may be an intellectual pygmy, but you appear to be in the same tribe..... No! I am Spartacus
  • Score: 4

9:45am Fri 7 Mar 14

Steve1210 says...

The fine is a little heavy in my opinion, but if he could have avoided the puddle, he should have done.
The fine is a little heavy in my opinion, but if he could have avoided the puddle, he should have done. Steve1210
  • Score: 1

10:18am Fri 7 Mar 14

Slamdoor312 says...

This is a very minor and insignificant incident , but no doubt it was seen as a golden opportunity by the plod who got involved to get his 'crime' figures up. so impress his bosses.

Far easier to sit in a warm office and do some paperwork, than dealing with the real anti- social issues out there.
This is a very minor and insignificant incident , but no doubt it was seen as a golden opportunity by the plod who got involved to get his 'crime' figures up. so impress his bosses. Far easier to sit in a warm office and do some paperwork, than dealing with the real anti- social issues out there. Slamdoor312
  • Score: -11

1:50pm Fri 7 Mar 14

micksmercs says...

Slamdoor312 wrote:
This is a very minor and insignificant incident , but no doubt it was seen as a golden opportunity by the plod who got involved to get his 'crime' figures up. so impress his bosses.

Far easier to sit in a warm office and do some paperwork, than dealing with the real anti- social issues out there.
You must be as big a moron as Sam Lees if you see no wrong in what this idiot did .I hope the same thing happens to you one day soon.
[quote][p][bold]Slamdoor312[/bold] wrote: This is a very minor and insignificant incident , but no doubt it was seen as a golden opportunity by the plod who got involved to get his 'crime' figures up. so impress his bosses. Far easier to sit in a warm office and do some paperwork, than dealing with the real anti- social issues out there.[/p][/quote]You must be as big a moron as Sam Lees if you see no wrong in what this idiot did .I hope the same thing happens to you one day soon. micksmercs
  • Score: 10

4:19pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Ontheball says...

Offences like this should come before the courts more often. The totally selfish action of this pillock were un-neccessary. Glad he was fined where it hurt and banned.
Offences like this should come before the courts more often. The totally selfish action of this pillock were un-neccessary. Glad he was fined where it hurt and banned. Ontheball
  • Score: 8

7:33pm Sat 8 Mar 14

Spitfire1966 says...

OMG all I can say is thank god they did away with hanging. I understand the kids being distressed, but come on.

One name, Stephen Lawrence - does evidence given by the Police always prove accurate? Truthful?

One sided story or what?? Just because he's 22 doesn't mean he's a criminal for heavens sake. Do you know him? How can you judge him from a newspaper article using words such as "Wave" to describe water at the side of the road. Why not Tsunami?

I hope Sam gets a chance to put his side of this case, because there are two sides to every story. Answers like why he didn't attend court? Do you even care? You don't know what type of 22 year old he is, how he lives, what his life is like or anything. Maybe the mother should also think about dragging her kids into the newspapers for photos and prolonging their "distress".

What a country we have become to judge so harshly on the words of a newspaper story.
OMG all I can say is thank god they did away with hanging. I understand the kids being distressed, but come on. One name, Stephen Lawrence - does evidence given by the Police always prove accurate? Truthful? One sided story or what?? Just because he's 22 doesn't mean he's a criminal for heavens sake. Do you know him? How can you judge him from a newspaper article using words such as "Wave" to describe water at the side of the road. Why not Tsunami? I hope Sam gets a chance to put his side of this case, because there are two sides to every story. Answers like why he didn't attend court? Do you even care? You don't know what type of 22 year old he is, how he lives, what his life is like or anything. Maybe the mother should also think about dragging her kids into the newspapers for photos and prolonging their "distress". What a country we have become to judge so harshly on the words of a newspaper story. Spitfire1966
  • Score: -4

8:56pm Sat 8 Mar 14

A Very Private Gentleman says...

Slamdoor312 wrote:
This is a very minor and insignificant incident , but no doubt it was seen as a golden opportunity by the plod who got involved to get his 'crime' figures up. so impress his bosses.

Far easier to sit in a warm office and do some paperwork, than dealing with the real anti- social issues out there.
No I am in agreement with you Slamdoor
We do not have the comfort of MicksMercs
The lad was hit hard the fine maybe
The points OTT
You are right about easy meat targets and figures, they say that they even them out.
Yes really???
[quote][p][bold]Slamdoor312[/bold] wrote: This is a very minor and insignificant incident , but no doubt it was seen as a golden opportunity by the plod who got involved to get his 'crime' figures up. so impress his bosses. Far easier to sit in a warm office and do some paperwork, than dealing with the real anti- social issues out there.[/p][/quote]No I am in agreement with you Slamdoor We do not have the comfort of MicksMercs The lad was hit hard the fine maybe The points OTT You are right about easy meat targets and figures, they say that they even them out. Yes really??? A Very Private Gentleman
  • Score: -2

12:14am Mon 10 Mar 14

Boris says...

Spitfire1966 wrote:
OMG all I can say is thank god they did away with hanging. I understand the kids being distressed, but come on.

One name, Stephen Lawrence - does evidence given by the Police always prove accurate? Truthful?

One sided story or what?? Just because he's 22 doesn't mean he's a criminal for heavens sake. Do you know him? How can you judge him from a newspaper article using words such as "Wave" to describe water at the side of the road. Why not Tsunami?

I hope Sam gets a chance to put his side of this case, because there are two sides to every story. Answers like why he didn't attend court? Do you even care? You don't know what type of 22 year old he is, how he lives, what his life is like or anything. Maybe the mother should also think about dragging her kids into the newspapers for photos and prolonging their "distress".

What a country we have become to judge so harshly on the words of a newspaper story.
If Samuel Lees had chosen to attend court, he could have explained himself, could have looked suitably penitent, and would probably have got a lighter sentence. If he was ill, he could have sent word to the court and the case would have been postponed. Do you know this young man? If so, please invite him to explain himself. Why do you take his side? His action was indefensible.
[quote][p][bold]Spitfire1966[/bold] wrote: OMG all I can say is thank god they did away with hanging. I understand the kids being distressed, but come on. One name, Stephen Lawrence - does evidence given by the Police always prove accurate? Truthful? One sided story or what?? Just because he's 22 doesn't mean he's a criminal for heavens sake. Do you know him? How can you judge him from a newspaper article using words such as "Wave" to describe water at the side of the road. Why not Tsunami? I hope Sam gets a chance to put his side of this case, because there are two sides to every story. Answers like why he didn't attend court? Do you even care? You don't know what type of 22 year old he is, how he lives, what his life is like or anything. Maybe the mother should also think about dragging her kids into the newspapers for photos and prolonging their "distress". What a country we have become to judge so harshly on the words of a newspaper story.[/p][/quote]If Samuel Lees had chosen to attend court, he could have explained himself, could have looked suitably penitent, and would probably have got a lighter sentence. If he was ill, he could have sent word to the court and the case would have been postponed. Do you know this young man? If so, please invite him to explain himself. Why do you take his side? His action was indefensible. Boris
  • Score: 1

1:00pm Mon 10 Mar 14

Slamdoor312 says...

So a few kids got a bit wet and the hysterical mob are out baying for blood. Perhaps concern should be directed to the more serious crime problems affecting the town, that the desperately low quality policing allows, or it that just too complicated an issue ?
So a few kids got a bit wet and the hysterical mob are out baying for blood. Perhaps concern should be directed to the more serious crime problems affecting the town, that the desperately low quality policing allows, or it that just too complicated an issue ? Slamdoor312
  • Score: -1

1:11pm Mon 10 Mar 14

micksmercs says...

Slamdoor312 wrote:
So a few kids got a bit wet and the hysterical mob are out baying for blood. Perhaps concern should be directed to the more serious crime problems affecting the town, that the desperately low quality policing allows, or it that just too complicated an issue ?
You mentality stinks.Had it have been your kids,then I am sure you would feel differently. Sam Lees could have had his say,but chose not to,which makes him look what he probably is, a thick lout. If the children had been mine he would have got something a lot more painful than a fine I can promise you.
[quote][p][bold]Slamdoor312[/bold] wrote: So a few kids got a bit wet and the hysterical mob are out baying for blood. Perhaps concern should be directed to the more serious crime problems affecting the town, that the desperately low quality policing allows, or it that just too complicated an issue ?[/p][/quote]You mentality stinks.Had it have been your kids,then I am sure you would feel differently. Sam Lees could have had his say,but chose not to,which makes him look what he probably is, a thick lout. If the children had been mine he would have got something a lot more painful than a fine I can promise you. micksmercs
  • Score: 1

2:16pm Mon 10 Mar 14

Ritchie_Hicks says...

micksmercs wrote:
Slamdoor312 wrote:
So a few kids got a bit wet and the hysterical mob are out baying for blood. Perhaps concern should be directed to the more serious crime problems affecting the town, that the desperately low quality policing allows, or it that just too complicated an issue ?
You mentality stinks.Had it have been your kids,then I am sure you would feel differently. Sam Lees could have had his say,but chose not to,which makes him look what he probably is, a thick lout. If the children had been mine he would have got something a lot more painful than a fine I can promise you.
Samuel Lees has been allowed to have his trial reheard by the Magistrates Court. This article fails to mention that fact.

Given the horrendous rain that had fallen overnight and also that there was no malice intended it is likely that his fine will be significently reduced.
[quote][p][bold]micksmercs[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Slamdoor312[/bold] wrote: So a few kids got a bit wet and the hysterical mob are out baying for blood. Perhaps concern should be directed to the more serious crime problems affecting the town, that the desperately low quality policing allows, or it that just too complicated an issue ?[/p][/quote]You mentality stinks.Had it have been your kids,then I am sure you would feel differently. Sam Lees could have had his say,but chose not to,which makes him look what he probably is, a thick lout. If the children had been mine he would have got something a lot more painful than a fine I can promise you.[/p][/quote]Samuel Lees has been allowed to have his trial reheard by the Magistrates Court. This article fails to mention that fact. Given the horrendous rain that had fallen overnight and also that there was no malice intended it is likely that his fine will be significently reduced. Ritchie_Hicks
  • Score: 0

3:30pm Mon 10 Mar 14

mina mouse says...

Micksmercs I think you all should know the fact befor judging sam lees and threatening him on here for all to see. As he wasn't aware of the court date he could not attend and as he is a dad of two nearly 3 work very hard I dont think comments and name calling like that are called for. Its not only him getting point and a fine it also mean he might lose his job all because this story has been completely blow out of the water
Micksmercs I think you all should know the fact befor judging sam lees and threatening him on here for all to see. As he wasn't aware of the court date he could not attend and as he is a dad of two nearly 3 work very hard I dont think comments and name calling like that are called for. Its not only him getting point and a fine it also mean he might lose his job all because this story has been completely blow out of the water mina mouse
  • Score: -1

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