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This dangerous overtake just cost a North Yorkshire driver his licence

Published at 6:29am 26th April 2017. (Updated at 1:15pm 26th April 2017)

A 25-year-old North Yorkshire man has appeared at Northallerton Magistrates' Court and pleaded guilty to dangerous driving on the A19 between Easingwold and Thirsk.

Marc Hyland, from Bell Farm Avenue in York, received a 12-week prison sentence, suspended for one year, and was handed a 20-month driving ban.

He was also ordered to pay £170 in costs, complete 250 hours of unpaid work and after serving his driving ban has to face an extended driving test.

On 26 January, Hyland was driving his Vauxhall Insignia on the A19 near Thormanby when he undertook a dangerous overtake which saw him cross solid white lines and veer over to the other side of the road, passing stationary cars in the centre of the road which were waiting to turn.

The shocking manoeuvre was captured on the dashcam of a lorry driver, who later reported the incident via North Yorkshire Police’s online driver concern form and submitted the footage.

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Commenting on the case, Traffic Sergeant Zoe Billings, of the North Yorkshire Police Major Collision Investigation Unit, said: "This is the first prosecution which is a direct result of a member of the public reporting through the online driver concern form and we are pleased with the sentence given to Hyland.

"As the footage clearly shows, his driving that day was highly irresponsible and incredibly dangerous and it’s only through sheer luck he didn’t meet any oncoming traffic.

"This could have ended tragically."