Careless driver goes home to see children before jail

A DAD was given permission to go home and say goodbye to his kids before starting his two-year jail sentence.

Ben Flood, 26, of Denfield Crescent, Ovenden, was due to stand trial at Bradford Crown Court this week.

On the day of his trial he pleaded guilty to careless driving and common assault.

Flood was given extra time by a Judge to go home and put his affairs in order before his sentence started.

Last June, Flood drove his Vauxhall Zafira towards Richard Whylie to frighten him while the pair were on Denfield Crescent, Ovenden, Halifax.

Mr Whylie received a sprained ankle after jumping out of the way of the car.

Just days later, Flood shouted racial abuse at Mr Whylie’s mother and was given a suspended sentence of 12 weeks last November.

Bradford Crown Court also heard while he was subject to the suspended sentence, Flood was involved in an attempted burglary at a house in Keighley. When officers raided his home they found Flood was growing 16 cannabis plants.

It was the second time he had been found growing the class B drug.

Judge Peter Benson told Flood driving the car towards Mr Whylie was “wholly irresponsible”.

He imposed the 12 week suspended sentence for racial abuse and added terms of three months for the common assault and the two matters of producing cannabis.

Flood was also given another 12 months in jail for the attempted burglary and was banned from driving for a year.