Lorry driver pleads guilty to dangerous driving after leaving a trail of destruction

Credit: Chris Lacey

A lorry driver who left a trail of destruction in Bitton and Oldland Common late last year has pleaded guilty to dangerous driving at Bristol Magistrates Court today.

On 6th December 50-year-old Matthew Nolder’s lorry collided with the railway bridge across Bath Road in Bitton before going on to hit several vehicles, damaging street lights and telephone poles as he continued along Barry Road.

He finally came to a halt in High Street, Oldland Common where he was arrested on suspicion of drunk and dangerous driving. There were no reported injuries but the damage caused Bath Road to close for several hours that evening while debris was cleared and safety inspections carried out.

Mr Nolder pleaded guilty to the subsequent charge of dangerous driving and the case has been sent to the Crown Court for sentencing on 19th September. He was disqualified from driving with immediate effect.