Tory MP denies failing to stop after Mercedes crashes into lamppost

Jamie Wallis, MP for Bridgend, is accused of being behind the wheel of the Mercedes and leaving it in a dangerous position last November in Llanblethian, Wales. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

A Tory MP has pleaded not guilty to failing to stop in a horror car crash which saw a Mercedes plough into a lamppost.

Jamie Wallis, 37, has also denied failing to report a road traffic collision, driving without due care and attention and leaving a vehicle in a dangerous position.

The Bridgend representative and first openly transgender MP was before Cardiff Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday wearing a dark-coloured suit and tie.

He was arrested on suspicion of “driving whilst unfit” following the late-night smash in Llanblethian on November 28.

Prosecutor Mike Williams told the court that Wallis was responsible for driving the Mercedes without due care and attention.

The MP, from Cowbridge, South Wales, also failed to stop or report the accident within the first 24 hours after the crash, he added.

Mr Wallis previously revealed he had been raped and blackmailed, and was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in a highly public statement released in March.

He also said he wants to transition to be a woman.

Wallis wrote he had been targeted by a blackmailer who threatened to out him to the public unless he paid £50,000.

The MP said the offender was sentenced to two years and nine months in prison after admitting his guilt.

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

At the time, Wallis said he was “assisting police with their inquiries”.

The MP won his seat in December 2019, managing to oust Labour’s Madeleine Moon, who had held the constituency for 14 years.

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