Gutless, cowardly, spineless and self-centred’

PUBLISHED: 12:52 30 March 2006 | UPDATED: 09:53 06 May 2010

Peter Aldred

Peter Aldred

A COMPANY director, who caused a motorway crash only to flee the scene and drive to a lapdancing club, was given a verbal battering by a judge. Peter Aldred had openly boasted to two lapdancers how he had been involved in a 150mph crash but had left the

A COMPANY director, who caused a motorway crash only to flee the scene and drive to a lapdancing club, was given a verbal battering by a judge.

Peter Aldred had openly boasted to two lapdancers how he had been involved in a "150mph" crash but had left the other driver at the scene and made off before the police had arrived.

The dancers, Nikki Wright and Zoe Young, were so disgusted by his boasts that they shopped him to the police.

Aldred, 41, of Oakfield Avenue, Hitchin, appeared before High Court Judge Mrs Justice Rafferty at St Albans Crown Court on Tuesday to admit a charge of dangerous driving.

She told him: "The best description for you in March 2005 is gutless, cowardly, spineless and self-centred.

"That you then paraded what had happened showed you up in your true colours and what unpleasantly murky ones they were."

Aldred, who is separated from his wife, escaped prison and instead was made the subject of a 12-month community order, during which he must complete 100 hours of unpaid work.

He was also ordered to pay £500 compensation to Doug Saker, the man whose car he hit, prosecution costs of £250 and was banned from driving for 15 months.

He must take an extended driving test before he is allowed back behind the wheel of a car again.

Aldred brushed past reporters as he left court, refusing to answer any questions about his behaviour. He refused to apologise to Mr Saker.

The incident which led to his court appearance happened on the M25 just before 2am.

Aldred's Subaru Impreza struck the side of Mr Saker's Smart car, sending it crashing into a lorry.

The Impreza spun round and ended up stationary, facing the wrong way in the outside lane. But as Mr Saker approached it, Aldred drove off and went to the lapdancing club where he bragged about what he had done.

The court heard that Aldred had been disqualified from driving in 1984 for 18 months for reckless driving.

In 1988 he was disqualified from driving for four years for reckless driving and, that same year, for driving with excess alcohol he was further disqualified.

Charles Judge, defending, described Aldred as someone who was capable of being responsible and hardworking and was employed by his father who ran a business supplying healthcare products.

"He is 41 and, quite frankly, should have known better," said Mr Judge. "He knows he should have stopped."

* Last month, Aldred was given a two-month prison sentence at Inverness Sheriff Court claiming he had a bomb in his hand luggage on an easyJet flight from Scotland to Luton.

It sparked a full scale security alert and Aldred was arrested by armed police.

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