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Sutton St James man jailed for dangerous and drug driving, having never taken a lesson

A Sutton St James motorist who drove at 80mph to try and get away from pursuing police officers has been jailed for eight months.

Albert Lee (20), of Jarvis Gate, was also banned from driving for two and a half years by a judge at Lincoln Crown Court.

The judge heard how Lee, who did not hold a full licence and had never taken any driving lessons, attracted the attention of police when the car he was in came up as uninsured while travelling on the A17 in Sutton Bridge during the early hours of April 7.

Lincoln Crown Court.
Lincoln Crown Court.

Phil Howes, prosecuting, said: "The police officers followed his car onto a roundabout at Broadgate, Gedney, where they activated their blue light in order to stop the vehicle.

"However, it accelerated away and so began a pursuit that lasted for eight or nine minutes."

Mr Howes explained that Lee drove back onto the A17, going the wrong way along a stretch of dual carriageway before turning off.

Lee reached a top speed of 80mph, continuing onto Washway Road, Fleet Road and then into Holbeach.

The court was told that at one point during the chase, Lee reached a speed of 70mph in a 30mph limit area.

He eventually struck a kerb and his car ended up in a hedge, enabling police to arrest him nearby.

Mr Howes said that although Lee gave a negative breath test, a drugs test showed him to be seven times over the legal limit for cocaine.

"The defendant said that he had taken the cocaine the previous day," Mr Howes said.

"He said that he panicked when he saw the blue lights.

"He also conceded that he had never had any driving lessons and said he had bought the car a few days earlier."

Lee admitted charges of dangerous driving, driving over the drug limit, driving otherwise in accordance with his licence and driving without insurance as a result of the incident.

Passing sentence, Judge Steven Coupland told Lee: "You made some incredibly dangerous manoeuvres and it is a miracle that anybody was not hurt by your car.

"It is a miracle that serious injury and death did not result.

"I have come to the conclusion that it has to be an immediate sentence of custody."

Neil Sands, in mitigation, urged that any prison sentence should be suspended and told the court: "This is a very, very contrite young man.

"It has left him extremely shaken, he has fully accepted what he did and has not sought to minimise it."

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