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PostPosted: Sat Jul 27, 2019 9:10 am 
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Chelmsford taxi ride felt like 'suicide mission' after cabbie drove car wrong way down A12, says passenger

https://www.essexlive.news/news/essex-n ... ke-3139835

He maintained that he was going the right way

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The A12 (Image: Essex Live)

A taxi driver who drove his cab the wrong way down the A12 has been described as being on a 'suicide mission'.

When two friends booked a taxi from Brentwood Station to Chelmsford on Friday, February 22, they never expected they would be fearing for their lives.

Their driver was 71-year-old Kwaku Opoku Agyeman, who picked the pair up at around 1am.

He dropped one of them off in Brentwood before making his way to Chelmsford for his second drop off.

But Agyeman, who suffers from a moderate form of dementia, became confused and ended up driving the wrong way down the A12, leaving his passenger feeling "extremely scared".

Agyeman, from Harts Lane, Barking, maintained he was going the right way, but eventually pulled over before he was arrested and charged with dangerous driving, which he admitted at an earlier hearing.

Today (Friday, July 26), he was sentenced at Chelmsford Crown Court for his crime.

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Kwaku Opoku Agyeman in the light brown suit leaving court (Image: Essex Live)

Outlining the facts of the case, prosecutor James Onalaja said: "At roughly around 1am on February 22, the complainant and his friend entered the taxi driven by the defendant at Brentwood station.

"The passengers in the car felt he was struggling to find his way.

"The complainant tried to assist the defendant who didn't know his way to Chelmsford, but he was ignoring them and going in the opposite direction that he was being told to go."

"The defendant made a u-turn across the lanes"

Mr Onalaja added: "The defendant made a u-turn across the lanes. He then saw car headlights heading towards them at 60mph.

"Cars and lorries were having to take quick and sharp moves out of the way of the oncoming vehicle of this defendant.

"The defendant continued to travel the wrong way on the road, the complainant asked the defendant to pull over and let him out."

The court heard how the passenger told Agyeman he would lose his licence for what he had done.

Numerous calls were made to police by members of the public to report the car travelling the wrong way on the A12.

"He felt that his life was in danger"

The passenger estimated that they were driving the wrong way on the A12 for around five to ten minutes, before reaching a roundabout where Agyeman returned to the correct side of the road.

"The complainant said he felt extremely scared and that it felt like a suicide mission," said Mr Onalaja. "He felt that his life was in danger.

"The defendant kept saying that the direction he was going was right."

It wasn't until Agyeman reached Chelmer Road, driving in the direction of Springfield, that he put his hazard lights on and stopped the car.

Police breathalyzed Agyeman at the side of the road and said he "appeared confused".

The court heard that there was no alcohol in his system, but he was arrested and taken to the police station for questioning.

When asked whether he felt his driving fell below a standard he should be driving at, Agyeman responded 'no'.'

"He is not driving again"

Tessa Shroff mitigated on behalf of Agyeman at his sentencing hearing today.

"I accept it was very dangerous driving," she said "This was not deliberate it was due to a state of confusion.

"It was not a police chase, he had pulled over before he had been asked to do so by police.

"He has not driven since and he does not expect to ever drive again.

"The chances of the defendant re-offending is as slim as they possibly could be.

"He finds himself now unable to do the job he has done for a significant period of his life - the punishment has already happened."

The court heard how the defendant had a moderate form of dementia and would be visiting a memory clinic on Monday.

"Driving the wrong way down the A12 speaks for itself"

Judge Patricia Lynch sentenced Agyeman at Chelmsford Crown Court this morning.

In her remarks, she said: "You know how serious this could have been. Mercifully it was the early hours of the morning but it was still a busy road.

"Driving the wrong way down the A12 speaks for itself.

"You have and would have had at the time a clear impediment of cognitive function.

"The doctor goes on to say that he cannot be sure of what form of dementia it is at this stage but it is clear that this could be dementia.

"The expert indicated that your condition almost certainly contributed to the way you acted.

"I can be sure that your actions that night were not deliberate but were down to a condition which sadly is a progressive condition which has been described as moderate.

"I am as sure as I can be that you will never appear in front of the court again."

Agyeman was handed a 12-week prison sentence suspended for 12 months and disqualified from driving for life.


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Agyeman was handed a 12-week prison sentence suspended for 12 months and disqualified from driving for life.


I think his former employers have just landed a new customer :wink:

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"He has not driven since and he does not expect to ever drive again.

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