Two cars were crashed into when a Haverfordwest man gave in to the temptation to test drive without a licence or insurance.

Guy Charles Christian Bedford, of Glen View, Merlins Bridge, pleaded guilty to eight driving related charges when he appeared before Haverfordwest magistrates on Tuesday, May 8.

Bedford, 21, admitted driving without a valid licence, without third party insurance, and without due care and attention, on April 11 and February 11, failing to stop after an accident and drug driving.

Sian Vaughan, prosecuting, told the court that Bedford collided with another vehicle when he failed to stop at the give way sign while driving a MG ZR on Dale Road, on February 11.

Provisional licence-holder Bedford told officers he tried to brake, but the car failed to stop.

“The next thing I saw was a car right in front of me and I heard a scrapping noise.”

Miss Vaughan added that a drug test was positive after officers noticed the smell of cannabis.

The bench heard that Bedford was seen driving a BMW around the corner on the wrong side of the B4329 Haverfordwest to Cardigan road on April 11. A woman driving the other way tried to swerve to avoid him, but he hit her vehicle causing substantial damage.

She expected Bedford to stop, but he was no-where to be seen, and a tractor driver had to reverse into a ditch when he came towards him at speed.

Mike Kelleher, defending, told magistrates that Bedford had admitted to being a ‘complete idiot’, and was taking steps to turn his life around.

He added that Bedford was no longer buying old cars to repair and sell as he had been at the time, which removed the temptation to test drive them.

Bedford was banned from driving for 28 months and sentenced to a 12 month community order with a 20 day rehabilitation order.

Magistrates ordered him to pay a total of £1,340 in fines, costs and a surcharge.

The chairman of the bench said: “The offences could have resulted in serious injury and the charges would have been a lot more serious.”