Indian-born teenager jailed in UK for crashing stolen Range Rover

A teenager of Indian origin has been sentenced to four years in prison for driving a stolen Range Rover the wrong way through a London tunnel and then causing a head-on collision, Scotland Yard announced on Tuesday.

Johal Rathour, 18, was identified by the Metropolitan Police Roads and Transport Police Command after causing the accident in the early hours of August 6 last year and was sentenced last Friday to St. Albans Crown Court, North London.

Met Police said “fortunately” no serious injuries were caused to the driver of the Mercedes van Rathour in which he crashed.
“Rathour was guilty of incredibly dangerous driving and it was a miracle no one was seriously injured,” said Constable Adam Lamb, the investigator in charge of the case.

“Watching the video of him driving the wrong way through the tunnel is very distressing as it seems inevitable that a fatal collision will occur. In addition to the damage to the stolen vehicle and the van he collided with, Rathour has also disrupted and delayed the journeys of thousands of people using the Blackwall Tunnel on the day of the accident,” he said.

“I am happy that he has faced justice for his actions and that he will not be able to drive on the roads of London for many years,” he added.

The court was told Rathour caused £80,000 in damage to the Mercedes van he crashed in and the stolen Range Rover he was driving. It also caused a total loss of revenue worth £585,000 to Transport for London, due to the busy Blackwall tunnel in east London being closed for more than two hours at peak times.

Rathour fled the scene of the crash, but was later arrested after officers forensically identified him and tracked his cellphone.

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After being charged with the offenses of theft and dangerous driving, Rathour did not appear in court. He was later tracked down and arrested by Met Police officers from the Eastern Area Command Unit in January this year and has now faced a custodial sentence.

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