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Snowdonia 4x4 driver jailed

Posted 22 January 2013
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A man who twice illegally drove a 4x4 up Snowdon in 2011 has been jailed for two counts of dangerous driving, an outcome welcomed by the Snowdonia National Park Authority.

While most would catch the train or use their legs and walking boots to reach the top of the 3,560 ft peak, Craig Williams from Cheltenham drove up there instead.

He was given a 22-month sentence at Caernarfon Crown Court on Friday January 18th, as well as being banned from driving for three years and having to complete an intensive driving test before getting his licence back.

Chief executive of the national park authority Aneurin Phillips said: "The incident on Snowdon was irresponsible, selfish and totally unacceptable. Mr Craig Williams put his own life at risk as well as the lives of other visitors."

He noted footpaths and the Snowdon Mountain Railway's track both suffered damage from the stunt.

Walkers who want to get to the top in the normal way have a wide array of routes to choose from, including the Llanberis Path, Snowdon Ranger Path, PYG Track, Minser's Path and the Watkin Path.ADNFCR-2803-ID-801526819-ADNFCR