Darlington driver left cyclist on road with broken pelvis after overtaking and 'slamming on brakes'

Michael Anthony Evers left the cyclist in road with a broken pelvis after the incident in Darlington last April. Credit: Durham Police

A driver who slammed on his brakes after overtaking a cyclist and caused him to crash has been jailed.

Michael Anthony Evers left the cyclist in a road with a broken pelvis after the incident in Darlington last April.

After overtaking the victim on a mini roundabout in Parkside, he slammed on his brakes twice and caused the cyclist to collide with the back of the car and fall into the road.

The 48-year-old then drove off in his VW Golf, leaving the victim severely injured.

Another driver stopped to help and took the cyclist to hospital.

Footage from the victim’s helmet camera was taken by officers who later tracked down the offending vehicle and questioned Evers.

After initially denying he was the driver, Evers, of Middleton Street, Darlington, was shown the footage and admitted the offences.

He was charged and pleaded guilty to driving whilst disqualified, causing assault occasioning actual bodily harm, dangerous driving, driving with no insurance, failing to stop after a collision and failing to report a collision.Sentencing him to 21 months in prison at Teesside Crown Court on Tuesday 11 April, Recorder Anthony Kelbrick described Evers as a “callous” driver who was a danger to other road users.

Evers was also banned from driving for two years after his release from prison.

Darlington E Response PC Ryan Tiplady, who led the investigation, said: “This manner of driving can only be described as incredibly dangerous and Evers showed no regard for the safety of others, leaving the victim in the middle of the road with serious injuries.

“This will not be tolerated on the roads of Darlington and County Durham and offenders can expect to find themselves in court facing the consequences of their actions.

“The victim in this incident had done nothing to provoke the situation and has ended up with injuries that he will have to live with for the rest of his life.

“I would like to pass my thanks to the witnesses who came forward for providing witness statements and to the victim for their support with this investigation to ensure that justice has been delivered.”

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