Warrant issued for Hunton man after crown court no-show

Teesside Crown Court.

A warrant has been issued for a Hunton man due to be sentenced this week for causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

Jack David Brown, 26, had admitted causing serious injury to a named woman by driving a Ford Ranger dangerously on Leyburn Road, Hunton, at an earlier hearing.

The incident occurred on January 15 last year.

Brown had initially denied the allegation, but a trial date was vacated after he pleaded guilty to the offence, for which he was due to be sentenced at Teesside Crown Court yesterday.

However, when the court clerk called the case Brown was not in court and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Brown’s solicitor advocate Michele Turner said her client had mental health problems stemming from a past brain injury.

Mr Recorder AG Latimer issued a bench warrant for the Hunton man’s arrest “until Jack Brown is found”.

He agreed to a defence request for a psychiatric report to be prepared in readiness for Brown’s eventual sentence.

Mr Latimer added: “I don’t know why (Brown) hasn’t attended today and steps will now be taken to make sure he comes to court.”

Brown, of Leyburn Road, was also due to be sentenced for careless driving and breaching a restraining order in relation to a separate incident, although prosecutor Jonathan Gittins said those matters may yet be dealt with at the magistrates’ court.

Those offences occurred in June 2022 when Brown was arrested for driving without due care and attention and breaching a five-year restraining order the day after he was sentenced for a string of violent offences.

The order was imposed on June 28 to protect his ex-girlfriend, a student whom he had subjected to violence, but it was breached within 24 hours when Brown was seen driving on a street where he knew she would be.

The victim had been picked up from her parents’ home in Catterick by a friend in the early evening when they saw Brown’s car driving past. Brown allegedly beeped his horn and stuck two fingers up at her as he did so.

The woman called police and the two friends carried on their journey but then saw Brown’s car approaching them, allegedly “at speed, from behind”.

The woman’s friend pulled over to let Brown pass, which he did, but then allegedly cut back in front of her friend’s car and “immediately broke hard”, forcing her friend to take evasive action to avoid a collision.

Under the restraining order, Brown was prohibited from contacting the victim, going to her student digs in York or any street where she was staying.

The order had been imposed after Brown was convicted of offences in 2021 against his neighbours, his ex-girlfriend, whom he attacked twice, and her friend.

At the sentence hearing at the magistrates’ court on June 28, Brown was given a 12-month community order with 150 hours’ unpaid work for offences including assault occasioning actual bodily harm, harassment, assault by beating and being involved in cannabis production.