Man drove at 100mph with child on passenger’s lap in front seat with no seatbelt

A MAN drove at 100mph on the M4 through Wiltshire with six passengers in a car – all of whom were not wearing seatbelts.

Sasho Yankov, of Penrhiwceiber Road, Mountain Ash, appeared at Swindon Magistrates’ Court on April 22 charged with causing a danger of injury due to the manner in which his passengers were carried, driving whilst disqualified, driving without insurance and excess speed.

The 44-year-old was jailed for three months.

The charges came after on August 27, 2022, at around 2.30am, Yankov was spotted driving a black Audi A4 between junctions 15 and 16 of the M4 at 103mph.

He was subsequently pulled over, where it was discovered there were six passengers in the vehicle, all not wearing seatbelts, including a girl aged around six-years-old sitting unrestrained on the lap of the front passenger.

It was also discovered Yankov had been disqualified from driving previously and wasn’t insured to drive the vehicle.

Yankov was reported to court and the vehicle seized.

After the hearing, Roads Policing Officer Steve Harding, said: “Yankov’s actions were incredibly dangerous – the stretch of the motorway which he was seen was unlit at the time and he was driving at more than 100mph.

“If he had come across anything in the carriageway he would have had no time to react to take any kind of avoiding action.

“With the number of unrestrained passengers in the vehicle, especially the young girl in the front seat, the consequences of any kind of collision could have been catastrophic.”

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