Motorist did 135mph in bid to evade police pursuit

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A motorist celebrating his birthday drove at 135mph in a bid to escape from pursuing police officers, Lincoln Crown Court was told.

Christopher Morris was taking his girlfriend back to her home in King’s Lynn in a borrowed car when police tried to stop him on the A17 at Holbeach.

Phil Howes, prosecuting, said Morris drove to Wisbech reaching speeds of 80mph continuing at high speed towards King’s Lynn.

At one point he drove on the wrong side of the road and also went straight through a red traffic light.

He reached 90mph on the A47 and then accelerated to 135mph before finally being stopped in King’s Lynn’s Tuesday Market Place after being surrounded by a number of police vehicles.

Earlier in the evening Morris assaulted a friend who had given him temporary accommodation. The man had given Morris £20 to celebrate his birthday.

Morris (27), of Bonnington Court, Spalding, admitted dangerous driving, having no insurance, assault and theft arising out of the incident on the night of April 13-14.

He also admitted two thefts, two charges of possession of cannabis and failing to surrender to bail.

He was jailed for a total of 21 months and banned from driving for 18 months.

Judge Michael Heath told him “This was a prolonged course of bad driving. You went through red traffic lights and drove at grossly excessive speeds.”

Andrew Cogan, defending, said Morris was ashamed of his behaviour and accepted he was stupid.