jailed after 116mph police chase along M5 to Burnham-On-Sea
motorist has been jailed after a 116mph dash along the M5 from Wellington
to Burnham-On-Sea, a court has heard this week.
Wood, 32, took off after an officer in an unmarked police car made
a check on his car at a Shell garage outside Wellington at 1.30am
on July 13th and asked for his documents.
raced along the M5 approach road and up the northbound sliproad
at about 80mph and was doing 100mph by Taunton Deane Services, said
Emma Martin, prosecuting, during the trial at Taunton Crown Court.
police officers were alerted and the force helicopter was also mobilised
as his speed reached 113mph between junctions 25 and 24 and he drove
on the hard shoulder to pass two lorries on the inside.
reaching 116mph, he turned off the motorway at junction 23 and headed
to Burnham-On-Sea, at speeds of up to 65mph in a 30mph area.
helicopter followed as he finally stopped in Burnham-On-Sea and
he and another man in the car were then taken to the ground and
arrested by other officers.
refused to take a breath test and later pleaded guilty to failing
to give a specimen, dangerous driving, driving while disqualified
and driving uninsured.
Mason, defending, said Mr Wood was involved with drugs at an early
age and committed a number of offences, sometimes involving motor
vehicles, but also including robbery associated with his drug problem
which had previously resulted in a six-year prison sentence. He
was released in April 2015 and wanted to start a new life but, two
weeks after these offences, he was sentenced in Sussex to 12 weeks
for other matters.
appearing by video link from Lewes Prison, was sentenced to 16 months
and disqualified for two years.
David Ticehurst said it was clear from his record that he showed
"a marked disregard for the law." He added that it had
been "exceptionally dangerous" to have driven as he'd
done and that he was fortunate not to have killed or injured someone.