Joyrider found guilty of dangerous driving in Luton

Beds Police
Beds Police

A joyrider who hit a man and carried on driving with the victim on the car’s bonnet has been found guilty of dangerous driving.

Luke Hazell, 22, of Thurlow Close, Luton, was found guilty of two counts of taking a vehicle without consent, two counts of dangerous driving.

On June 12 2014, Hazell was driving along Tomlinson Avenue, Luton, when he hit a the man, who was carried along on the car’s bonnet and windscreen for a short distance before he was thrown clear.

Later that evening Hazell collided with another vehicle before crashing the car he was driving in to a wall.

It later emerged that Hazell had failed a driving test that same day.

Detective Constable Colin Richardson, of the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit, said: “Hazell’s crime spree was exceedingly dangerous and potentially put several people’s lives at risks.

“He showed no regard for anyone’s safety, and failed to stop at a scene of a serious accident, without knowing whether the person he had hit was injured or even alive.

“He broke a number of laws and we’re really pleased that justice has been done and that he has been found guilty today.”

Hazell has been remanded pending sentencing in July at Luton Crown Court.