A driver having a “panic attack” fled from police on blue lights, drove onto a pavement to avoid a ‘stinger’ and ran from officers after leaving his Rover Metro in a wheat field.
Provisional licence holder Alexander Giddins (26) nipped to Tesco in Holbeach to buy groceries, but police were tipped-off that he may not have insurance or a driving licence.
Jim Clare, prosecuting, said police put on their car’s blue lights, but Giddins headed off along Boston Road North, going off-road and along dirt tracks to get away.
Police deployed a stinger – a device that can stop cars – but Giddins drove on the pavement.
He eventually drove into a wheat field and ran off, but was soon caught.
Mr Clare said police did not consider Giddins’ driving dangerous – as he travelled at speeds between 15-55mph – so there was no charge concerning that.
Giddins, of Keightley Road, Holbeach, was banned from driving for six months, fined £145 with eight points for having no insurance, and received no separate penalties for failing to stop for police and driving without a valid licence. He must pay £85 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.
Keightley, who already had 15 points on his licence, pleaded guilty to the three offences.
Solicitor Mike Alexander, mitigating, said Giddins had “a classic panic attack from not knowing what to do”.