Driver ‘Infatuated’ with Emergency Services Causes Serious Crash Using Illegal Blue Lights on Peugeot 208

Illegal Blue Lights Cause Serious Crash: Joshua Pembrocke Convicted

In a recent court hearing, 24-year-old Joshua Pembrocke was convicted for causing a serious crash involving his Peugeot 208, equipped with illegal blue lights reminiscent of those used by emergency services.

Pembrocke, described as ‘infatuated’ with the emergency services, seriously injured an elderly woman in her 80s during the incident in Great Shelford, Cambridgeshire, last April.

Deceptive Use of Blue Lights

Pembrocke’s Peugeot 208 was fitted with a blue LED bar in the windscreen, resembling the style used by emergency services.

Many motorists, deceived by the illegal blue lights, pulled over or gave way, assuming Pembrocke to be a police officer.

As he overtook other drivers at speeds reaching 50mph, he failed to notice a BMW turning right, causing a collision that forced the car off the road and into a telegraph pole.

Severe Injuries and Conviction

The front passenger of the BMW, an elderly lady, suffered serious injuries, including a fractured sternum and collapsed lung.

Despite admitting to being the driver, Pembrocke initially claimed he had been distracted by a fly in the car.

Later, he changed his story, stating he was running late for a car show. Pembrocke confessed to causing serious injury by dangerous driving, with a second charge related to the use of a blue warning beacon removed.

Suspended Prison Sentence and Driving Disqualification

Sentencing took place at Huntingdon Law Courts on January 19, where Pembrocke received a two-year prison sentence, suspended for two years.

Additionally, he was disqualified from driving for four years. Judge David Farrell QC emphasized Pembrocke’s ‘infatuation’ with emergency service vehicles, stating that it needed to be addressed.

Facebook Profile Reflects ‘Infatuation’

Pembrocke’s Facebook cover photo prominently features a police car, and the rest of his profile is adorned with several photos of emergency service vehicles.

PC Nick Raouna expressed concern, stating that Pembrocke’s dangerous driving demonstrated a lack of consideration for the safety of others on the road and emphasized the unacceptable nature of his illegal use of blue lights.

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