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Man who admitted careless driving and faking CCTV image following crash on A12 in Capel St Mary is jailed for seven months

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A man from London who submitted a fake CCTV image to police in an attempt to 'cover his tracks and deceive' them after a four-vehicle crash on the A12 in Suffolk has been jailed.

Sayeed Ahmed, 25, of Stratton Drive in Barking, was sentenced to seven months in prison and disqualified from driving for 16 months at Ipswich Crown Court last Wednesday.

Ahmed had pleaded guilty at a previous hearing on Thursday, February 4, to the offences of careless driving and perverting the course of justice.

Sayeed Ahmed. Picture: Suffolk Police
Sayeed Ahmed. Picture: Suffolk Police

It came after officers were called to reports of a crash between three cars and a motorcycle at the Washbrook turn-off on the A12 northbound, in Capel St Mary, on Sunday, July 28, 2019 at about 1.35pm.

The four vehicles were travelling northbound on the A12, when the motorcycle left the road and the rider was taken to Ipswich Hospital where he was treated for head injuries.

The three cars left the scene and it was reported to officers as a fail to stop collision. Witnesses reported seeing 'erratic driving' at the time of the incident.

The falsified CCTV image. Picture: Suffolk Police
The falsified CCTV image. Picture: Suffolk Police

Following enquiries to find the vehicle owners, officers traced Ahmed as being the driver of a Volkswagen Golf involved in the incident.

However, he claimed his vehicle was outside his home address in Barking at the time of the collision, and submitted a CCTV time-stamped still image of his vehicle to police.

Police later discovered that the image had been falsified and warrants were carried out at the suspect's home address in Barking.

Equipment was seized and further enquiries placed the vehicle and driver in Suffolk at the time of the crash.

Sgt Neil Clarke, of the Roads and Armed Policing team, said: "Careless driving is a criminal offence and this driver showed complete lack of consideration for other road users and the law.

"Furthermore, perverting the course of justice is an extremely serious offence.

"The Roads and Armed Policing Team officers worked hard to secure warrants and present evidence to uncover the truth that the driver was at the location at the time of the offence, despite his efforts to prove otherwise.

"Sayeed Ahmed took measured steps in attempt to cover his tracks and deceive police, which ultimately failed because of the tenacity of the investigating officers.

"This collision could have ended tragically for the motorcycle rider and we will continue to prosecute those drivers who endanger other road users."

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