Published On: Tue, Feb 24th, 2015 on 5:45 pm

65-year-old jailed for using jammer to block speed detection devices

A man from Steeton in West Yorkshire has been jailed for two months and banned from driving for six months after fitting a laser jammer to his car to block speed detection devices.

Speed Detection Car Jammer

The device. Image: North Yorkshire Police.

Nigel Patrick Stephenson, 65, of Ghyll Close, was also ordered to pay costs of £1,000.

Stephenson had previously pleaded guilty to two charges of perverting the course of justice.

On 4 August 2014, an officer operating North Yorkshire Police’s mobile safety camera on the A59 near Kex Gill Farm picked up an error code and detected audible feedback from the safety camera when it was directed towards Stephenson’s white Jaguar.

Four days later, the same thing happened as Stephenson drove his Jaguar along the A629 at Crosshills near Keighley.

Both incidents were captured on video by the mobile safety camera and led officers to believe that the Jaguar had been fitted with a device to block speed detection.

Stephenson was arrested in October 2014 and when officers examined his Jaguar, they discovered a laser jammer fitted to the front of the vehicle. He was subsequently charged with two offences of perverting the course of justice.

He was issued with a caution for using a similar device in 2010.

Warning ignored

PC Andy Forth of North Yorkshire Police’s Mobile Safety Camera Team said: “The sentence handed out to Mr Stephenson reflects how seriously the criminal justice system takes attempts to pervert the course of justice.

“Having previously been issued with a caution for a similar offence, Mr Stephenson chose to ignore that warning and believed he could cheat the laws that are made to protect road users.”

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