Driver Who Flipped Off Police Gets 8-Month Sentence

UK's Timothy Hill was caught using illegal radar jammer
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 24, 2018 8:00 AM CDT
Driver Who Flipped Off Police Gets 8-Month Sentence
Timothy Hill sends a message to police, who have two more photos very similar to this one.   (North Yorkshire Police)

The UK's Timothy Hill had a message for police, and they were all too happy to give it a very careful look. Police in North Yorkshire say the 67-year-old drove by a camera set up to catch speeders in December and flipped off authorities with his middle finger. Then he did the same thing twice more within a week, reports the BBC. The problem for Hill is that police noticed more than the gesture in the photos—they spotted an illegal radar jammer and launched an investigation.

At that point, police say Hill first lied about the whereabouts of the Range Rover and then tried to destroy the jammer before admitting to using it. He pleaded guilty to "perverting the course of justice" and got an eight-month sentence, with the judge declaring that his actions "strike at the heart of justice." A traffic constable had a different take in a police news release: "If you want to attract our attention, repeatedly gesturing at police camera vans with your middle finger while you're driving a distinctive car fitted with a laser jammer is an excellent way to do it." (More weird crimes stories.)

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