Drink-driver jailed for 80mph chase

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A DRINK-driver who panicked and drove off at 80mph when he was approached by police has been jailed for nine months and banned from driving for a year.

Paul Smith was seen by police in the early hours as he drove along the A52 Old Roman Bank at Ingoldmells but then did a U-turn and headed back towards Skegness.

He drove straight through a red traffic light and then turned off the road onto the Water Leisure Park where he turned off his lights.

Smith was eventually cornered and after ramming a police car he was arrested.

Phil Howes, prosecuting, told Lincoln Crown Court “He admitted he drove like a maniac. His speech was slurred. A breath test produced a reading of 67 mgs of alcohol per 100 mls of breath which was just short of twice the legal limit.”

Smith ,22, of Springdale Road, Thurmaston, Leicester, admitted charges of dangerous driving and driving with excess alcohol as a result of the incident in the early hours of March 31.

Gordon Aspden, defending, said that later it emerged that the police were actually on the look out for another vehicle after an earlier theft but Smith attracted attention because his was the only vehicle on the road at the time.

“He panicked because he knew he was in drink. In hindsight he realises just how dangerous it was.

“It is more by luck than by judgement that no-one was seriously injured,” he added.