Prohibited danger driver fraudulently insured a car to undertake delivery work to pay off his cocaine debt
A dangerous prohibited driver has fraudulently insured a car in order to undertake delivery work so he can pay off a cocaine debt.
Aaron Warrener was banned from driving when he took out car insurance in his brother’s name, then listed his ex-girlfriend’s name as the named driver so he could start driving. work as a delivery driver.
The 24-year-old needed the job to pay off ‘significant drug debts’, but when police attempted to arrest him on June 20, 2020, Warrener took off at full speed, leading police on a lengthy chase that ended in an accident.
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Warrener appeared at Newcastle Crown Court on Friday to be convicted of dangerous driving and fraud by false representation.
The court heard that Warrener was banned from driving in February 2020, but months later, on June 4, while ‘posing as his brother’, he took out car insurance with his ex-girlfriend as named driver.
Warrener’s brother and his ex had no idea what he had done.
Then, on June 20, Warrener was driving in Sunderland when police tried to arrest him.
But rather than stopping, it “accelerated aggressively” and reached speeds of around 70mph in a 30mph zone.
A chase then ensued, with Warrener overtaking and undertaking other motorists.
At one point he braked dangerously on Sea View Road before driving off.
The court heard the chase ended when Warrener crashed into a VW, causing the cars to “spin on the road”.
The two occupants of VW also suffered whiplash in the accident before Warrener fled on foot.
He was quickly detained and he admitted that he had been banned from driving after being convicted of taking a vehicle with aggravated circumstances.
Annalisa Moscardini, defending, said Warrener, of Hendon Close, Sunderland, knows his “actions were very stupid” and that he “freaked out” when he saw the police.
She said at the time he was working as a delivery driver and trying to pay off a “significant” cocaine debt.
Ms Moscardini said that with the help of her family, Warrener had managed to “break the habit” and pay off her debts.
“He’s a completely different person than he was in June 2020, he’s more mature,” she added.
In condemning it, recorder Amy Mannion said “little or nothing will stop you from driving”.
Warrener was jailed for 14 months and banned from driving for two years and seven months.
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