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Racer who nearly killed teen escapes jail
A driver who raced against another motorist – nearly killing an innocent teenage girl – has been banned from the road.
Sam Leech escaped jail after a court was told he raced his blue Rover car east on the B2131 in Linchmere, near Chichester, on at 5.30pm on April 16, 2011.
He overtook another car on the brow of a hill colliding with an oncoming car driven by a 17-year-old girl from Linchmere.
Both Leech and the girl were taken to hospital with minor injuries. The driver of the vehicle he was racing against has never been traced.
Leech, 30, of Petworth Road, Haslemere, Surrey, denied dangerous driving but was convicted at Chichester Crown Court earlier this month.
He received a suspended 12-month prison sentence and was banned from driving for two years. He was also ordered to do 200 hours unpaid work and pay £500 towards prosecution costs.
PC Steve Butcher said: "This was very nearly a fatal crash, where the defendant made the decision to race another car despite the obvious dangers to himself and other road users.”