Teenager led police on four mile pursuit

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A TEENAGER drove at 60mph in 40mph limits and on the wrong side of the road with passengers in his car as he led police on a near four-mile pursuit through the streets of Holbeach.

Kristian Roberts (19), of Spalding Road, Holbeach, was spotted in a Renault Clio with an “incredibly badly damaged windscreen” shortly before midnight on May 18.

Christopher Knowles, prosecuting, said officers pulled alongside in their vehicle and Roberts drove off.

Police indicated to Roberts to stop, but he refused.

Mr Knowles said Roberts led police on a 3.9 miles pursuit – finishing where he started – and police made constant efforts to stop him with Roberts refusing each time.

He described Roberts as travelling at “excessive speed” and on the wrong side of the road.

Part way through the pursuit, Roberts drove along Boston Road South to the A17, turned left at Peppermint junction to the 60mph link road and sped along there at 70mph.

He then turned back into Holbeach and travelled at 60mph in the 40mph limit.

The following morning, having run off from the car, he telephoned police to say his Renault had been stolen the night before.

Mr Knowles said police went to see Roberts but recognised him as the driver of the vehicle he claimed as being stolen.

Roberts originally pleaded not guilty to dangerous driving, but changed his plea to guilty and sentence was adjourned for reports.

At Thursday’s resumed hearing, Mr Knowles suggested the starting point should be the crown court for sentence and said carrying passengers was an aggravating feature in the case.

He asked for £620 costs “due to the lateness of the plea”.

Solicitor Mark Hudson, mitigating, described Roberts as “a very foolish and immature lad”.

Mr Hudson said he understood Roberts could see through the windscreen, but accepted it was an aggravating feature that he was driving as he did in a built-up area.

The case was stopped at that point – for reasons not explained in open court – and adjourned to September 4.