Unlicensed Skegness driver jailed after 70mph police chase through Grantham

Court News.
Court News.

An unlicensed motorist who drove through Grantham town centre at 70mph during a 20 minute police pursuit was today jailed for 12 months.

Adam Jones, 24, was reported by his own girlfriend who became concerned that he had been drinking vodka and whiskey when he took her car without her permission, Lincoln Crown Court heard.

Mark Achurch, prosecuting, told the court: “Quite responsibly and not withstanding she was his girlfriend she reported him to the police thinking he may be over the limit.”

The court heard police spotted Jones on the A1 near Grantham. Mr Achurch said: “Although he was pursued at normal speed the officer noticed the car was staying in the outside lane and struggling to stay in a straight line.”

Jones sped up to 100mph on the A1 and was then followed on to Harlaxton Road where he failed to stop and continued in to Grantham town centre on a busy Friday evening, the court was told.

Mr Achurch added: “The pursuit lasted at least 20 minutes before it was called off on the basis that there was too much of a risk of danger. He drove at speeds of up to 50 and 70mph through the town centre.

“On Dysart Road he drove through a red light and narrowly missed a collision with a private vehicle.”

Damage of up to £3,000 was also caused to a parked Audi car which Jones drove in to the back of, knocking it forward at least a foot. One of the pursuing police cars also suffered damage estimated at over £300 and the repair bill for the car driven by Jones and owned by his girlfriend was also valued at £1,865.

The court was told Jones eventually stopped for police as he drove back to his girlfriend’s house in a village outside Grantham. Tests showed Jones was under the drink-drive limit but had consumed some alcohol.

During police interview Jones admitted he had drunk some alcohol but said he thought he may have blacked out after it was mixed with some of his medication for mental health difficulties. Jones admitted he did not hold a driving licence and had never past his test.

Esther Harrison, mitigating, said Jones engaged in a “moment of madness” and was not the type of person to joyride.

Miss Harrison told the court Jones did suffer from mental health problems which required medication and he had received better treatment since his arrest.

The court heard Jones had only consumed two drinks since the incident in April last year and was still being helped by his girlfriend.

Jones, of Brewster Lane, Skegness, admitted aggravated vehicle taking, driving without a licence and having no insurance following the incident on 10 April, 2014. He was jailed for 12 months, banned from driving for three years and must take an extended retest.

Passing sentence Recorder Graham Huston told Jones he knew his medication should not be mixed with alcohol.

Recorder Huston said: “You have heard described the 20 minutes of driving which at all times caused an immediate and serious risk to other road users.

“You drove at speeds of up to 100mph on the A1 and then having left the main road you drove in and through Grantham, subject to a 30 mph limit, at speeds of up to 50 and 70mph.”