Speeding hit-and-run driver who was let off jail to spare his children

Caught again: Speeding hit-and-run driver who was let off jail to spare his children

  • Gurdeep Notay, 33, got 21-month suspended sentence at Warwick Crown Court
  • Been two years after he hit into Debbie Ratcliffe’s Mini after clocking up 90mph  
  • Pleaded guilty to dangerous driving after latest incident in Rugby in September

A hit-and-run driver who was spared a jail term because of the effect it might have on his children has been caught speeding while banned.

Gurdeep Notay, 33, admitted driving dangerously in September, two years after he ploughed into Debbie Ratcliffe’s Mini after clocking up 90mph.

She suffered injuries including a broken ankle and was told by a consultant she may experience pain for the rest of her life.

Gurdeep Notay, 33, (pictured) admitted driving dangerously in September, two years after he ploughed into Debbie Ratcliffe’s Mini after clocking up 90mph

Handing Notay a 21-month suspended sentence, Recorder Anupama Thompson said: ‘You are a man who has behaved irresponsibly, but I don’t see why your two children and one on the way should pay the penalty for that.’ 

He pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, driving while disqualified and having no insurance after the latest incident in Rugby. 

Last week’s case at Warwick Crown Court was adjourned for more information to be obtained about his past offence. Notay was remanded in custody.

In the 2018 crash, Notay’s £50,000 Audi Q7 was spotted overtaking on a bend at 90mph before clipping a police car. 

He then careered into Mrs Ratcliffe, who was waiting at a junction near the village of Shilton. 

She was trapped in her wrecked car while Notay fled on foot. He was arrested nearby.

A speeding Audi driver who was spared jail so he could spend time with his kids after leaving a woman with life-long crash injuries has been caught driving dangerously again.

Gurdeep Notay, 33, shot out of a T-junction in a Warwickshire village and ploughed into Debbie Ratcliffe’s car moments after colliding with a police car.

He then fled the scene, leaving Mrs Ratcliffe trapped with a broken and dislocated ankle before trying to blame her for the crash when he was arrested.

In December 2018 Notay was handed a 21 month suspended prison sentence after he admitted causing serious injury by dangerous driving at Coventry Crown Court.

While subject to the suspended sentence and banned from driving for that offence, Notay was caught driving dangerously again on September 27 this year.

The court heard he was spotted driving a VW Touran recklessly along Newton Manor Lane and Crowthorns in Rugby, Warks.

Notay has now pleaded guilty at Warwick Crown Court to dangerous driving, driving while disqualified and having no insurance.

Judge Anthony Potter adjourned the case for information to be obtained about that ‘highly relevant’ earlier incident, and remanded Notay in custody.

The court previously heard previously how Mrs Ratcliffe was left trapped in her car after Notay, of Rugby, Warks., fled the scene.

Despite the two collisions, he escaped being jailed and was not even ordered to pay his victim any compensation, even though he was in work at the time.

Last week’s case at Warwick Crown Court (pictured) was adjourned for more information to be obtained about his past offence. Notay was remanded in custody

Prosecutor Graeme Simpson had said on September 2, 2018, a police car was on the outskirts of the village of Shilton, as an officer kept an eye on a Ford Focus.

The officer then saw the Focus being overtaken on a bend by Notay’s £50,000 Audi Q7 four-wheel drive sport-utility vehicle (SUV), at 90mph.

The Audi was swerving from left to right before clipping the police car, which was part-way out out from a junction.

Notay continued speeding through the village before careering into Mrs Ratcliffe’s Mini which was waiting at a junction.

Mrs Ratcliffe was left trapped inside her wrecked car while Notay fled on foot but was arrested nearby.

Notay said he had tried to avoid the police car by swerving, and had then panicked after hitting it, the court heard.

The court heard Mrs Ratcliffe’s injuries were so serious she is at high risk of developing arthritis and ‘may always have a degree of pain’.

In a statement, Ms Ratcliffe, who has ‘shooting pains’ when she tries to walk, said: ‘The driver of the Audi initially tried to blame me.

‘He ran away, which is a selfish thing to do. He had no consideration for me, and left me trapped in my vehicle.’

Philip Bradley QC, defending, said: ‘Debbie Ratcliffe was an innocent person going about her daily business.

‘He accepts fully he is responsible for serious injuries to a completely blameless lady.’

Mr Bradley added that Notay had ‘a plethora of character references,’ and worked hard for modest wages to support his wife, and two children, with a third on the way.

Sentencing Notay, Recorder Anupama Thompson had told him: ‘You are a man who has behaved irresponsibly, but I don’t see why your two children and one on the way should pay the penalty for that.

‘It is only because of the effect it would have on your children that I have taken this course.’

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