Shocking footage shows a tailgating BMW driver skid sideways into a petrol station narrowly missing another car in Chesterfield

This is the moment a tailgating BMW driver skids sideways into a petrol station in Chesterfield, nearly crashing into another car as smoke billows from his wheels.

Saturday, 27th February 2021, 12:46 pm

Thomas Holt carried out the reckless manoeuvre in August 2020 and initially claimed something had got stuck under his pedals.

The 19-year-old, of Hilltop Road, Dronfield, had been aggressively tailgating other vehicles on the route out of Chesterfield towards the M1.

The passenger of one of the cars began filming Holt’s behaviour as he approached the filling station.

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This is the moment a tailgating BMW driver skids sideways into a petrol station nearly crashing into another car as smoke billows from his wheels.

The video shows that, as he draws almost level with the exit for the forecourt, he veers sharply across the road, just feet from another driver, before sliding sideways into the garage.

His wheels then send up plumes of burning rubber as he spins towards the filing pumps.

Initially, Holt told officers that something had got stuck under his pedals but eventually pleaded guilty to one charge of dangerous driving at North East Derbyshire and Dales Magistrates’ Court on Friday, February 19.

He was handed a 12-month driving ban, fined £500 and must take an extended test to be able to drive again.

PC Craig Dawes, who investigated the incident, said: “As a member of the roads policing team I have seen my fair share of poor driving – but this really was something else.

“Thomas Holt’s driving on that August day was nothing short of jaw-dropping. His aggressive tailgating could easily have caused a serious collision.

“But to then pull across the road to stop at the service station was quite frankly dumbfounding.

“That nobody was seriously injured by his antics was through sheer good fortune and I hope he watches the video back and realises just how differently that situation could have ended.

“I would also like to thank the witness who came forward with the video which helped secure this conviction. In instances such as this, video - which should only ever be taken if safe and legal to do so - is absolutely invaluable and as a force, we will look to bring to justice those people who put other road users in danger.”

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