Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 22 October 2014

Ryan Thomas escapes driving ban

Ryan Thomas has escaped a driving ban

Ryan Thomas, who admitted crashing his car and leaving the scene of an accident, has kept his licence after being defended in court by the lawyer dubbed "Mr Loophole".

The 25-year-old, who plays builder Jason Grimshaw in Coronation Street, was behind the wheel of his Chrysler car when he skidded on a pool of water, "aquaplaned" and hit crash barriers, before he was spotted by members of the public who began taking photographs, and left the scene of the collision in a taxi.

Thomas pleaded guilty at Manchester Magistrates' Court on Monday to failing to stop at the scene of an accident and failing to report an accident, and was fined £2,020, given five penalty points on his licence and ordered to pay £35 court costs and a £15 victim surcharge by JPs.

The actor - who faced a driving ban and up to a maximum of six months' imprisonment - was represented by celebrity lawyer Nick Freeman, famed for securing acquittals for high-profile clients in seemingly watertight cases.

He was with two friends when he hit crash barriers at the junction of Cambridge Street and the Mancunian Way in Manchester city centre shortly after 4am on October 31 last year.

He called police and waited at the scene but with fans taking photographs, the situation became "intimidating" so he flagged down a taxi and left for his home in Cheadle, Mr Freeman said.

Thomas later voluntarily attended a police station on November 6 and admitted in interview that he had crashed the car. The lawyer said Mr Thomas was guilty of a "technical" offence because he did not know the law required a driver to report an accident as soon as possible.

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