Dangerous driving

Hertfordshire Mercury, 25th September 1915


At Hertford Borough Sessions on Thursday, Ernest Ward (30), confectioner, of Bull Plain, Hertford, was summoned for driving a cart furiously, to the danger of passengers at Hertford, on Septenber 13.  He pleaded not guilty.  P.C. Starkey said that on Monday, September 13, he was with P.S. Hadder in The Wash about 9.45 p.m., when he saw the defendant driving a horse and cart from the direction of Old Cross to Maidenhead Street in a fast and reckless manner.

Two ladies complained to the witness, and they had to shout to people to get out of the way.  The defendant drove to his stables in Maidenhead Street, and when the witness spoke to him there he told him he did not know his duty.  He had previously cautioned the defendant the same evening.  The defendant said that when he was passing  the Cinema in The Wash there were a large number of people about, including a number of soldiers, one of whom touched the horse with his whip.  He denied that he was driving recklessly.  Fined 5s., and costs 4s..

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