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Man behind bars after driving half a mile down railway tracks

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A man has been sentenced to a total of 15 months in prison after driving down railway tracks in Birmingham.

He was captured on CCTV in the act. The incident caused £23,000 worth of damage.

Aaron O’Halloran driving through Duddeston station – an act which got him 15 months in prison.

Aaron O’Halloran, 31, of Thornbury Road, Handsworth, was found guilty of endangering people on the railway, dangerous driving, driving while disqualified, and using a vehicle without insurance.

Aaron O’Halloran.

As well as imprisonment, he was ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £156 at Birmingham Crown Court on Monday 23 August.

The court was told that at 07:30 on 9 May 2021, O’Halloran drove the car through a gate at Duddeston station and travelled half a mile down the railway tracks towards Aston. He then abandoned the vehicle across the tracks and fled the scene.

He was caught after officers found a mobile phone inside the car and traced it back to him.

In interview O’Halloran refused to comment on the incident, only denying it was him driving the vehicle when shown CCTV footage.

Detective Inspector Raymond Ascott, from the British Transport Police, said: “This was an immensely dangerous and senseless act by O’Halloran which caused significant risk to passengers and damage to the railway.

“The sentence handed to him reflects the severity of this crime and we are thankful no one was injured as a result of O’Halloran’s alarming behaviour.

“He’ll now have plenty of time to reflect on his idiotic actions in prison.”

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