Tory MP to face trial after pleading not guilty over late-night crash

Conservative MP Jamie Wallis is facing a trial after a car crash in Wales.

The 37-year-old MP for Bridgend pleaded not guilty to four traffic offences at Cardiff Magistrates’ Court today.

After the incident in November last year, he was charged with failing to stop and report the crash, careless driving and leaving a vehicle in a dangerous position.

South Wales Police say the alleged late-night crash took place in Llanblethian, just outside the town of Cowbridge.

Wallis was arrested on suspicion of ‘driving whilst unfit’ after a Mercedes smashed into a telegraph post.

This caused an internet failure for villagers until it was repaired several days later.

Nobody was injured and at the time, the politician said he was ‘assisting police with their inquiries’.

At the hearing, prosecutor Mike Williams told district judge Tan Ikram that ‘Wallis was responsible for driving the Mercedes without due care and attention’.

He added that the MP ‘failed to stop’ after the accident and ‘failed to report within the first 24 hours’ after the incident.

Judge Ikram set a trial date for July 11 at Cardiff Magistrates’ Court.

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