On Tuesday, Scotland Yard said a teenager of Indian origin was sentenced to four years in prison for driving a stolen Range Rover the wrong way through a London tunnel and then causing a head-on collision.
Johal Ruthor, 18, was identified by the Metropolitan Police’s Roads and Transport Police Command after causing the accident in the early hours of 6 August last year and was sentenced at St Albans Crown Court in north London last Friday.
“Fortunately”, Met Police said there were no serious injuries to the Mercedes driver, Van Rathore.
“Rathore was guilty of a very serious driving offense and it was a miracle that no one was seriously injured,” said Police Constable Adam Lamb, the officer investigating the case.
“Watching the video clip of him driving the wrong way through the tunnel is deeply saddening as a fatal collision seems inevitable. In addition to the damage to the stolen vehicle and the truck it hit, Rathore disrupted and delayed the journeys of thousands of people using the Blackwall Tunnel. the day of the accident.”
“I am glad he has faced justice for his actions and will not be able to drive on the roads of London for many years,” he added.
The court was told that Rathore had caused £80,000 in damages to the Mercedes he crashed into and the stolen Range Rover he was driving.
It also caused a total loss of revenue of £585,000 to Transport for London, due to having to close the busy Blackwall Tunnel in East London for more than two hours during rush hour.
Ruthor fled the scene but was later arrested after forensic police officers identified him and traced his mobile phone.
After being charged with theft and dangerous driving, Ruthor failed to appear in court.
He was later tracked down and arrested by dead police officers from the Eastern Command Unit in January of this year and has now finished serving a prison sentence.
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