Disqualified driver jailed after high speed chase - Bedford

13/11/2015

A disqualified driver, who led police on a high speed chase out of Bedford, has today, Friday, 13 November 2015, been jailed for 12 months.

Paul King, aged 59, touched speeds of up to 120mph in the S type Jaguar he was driving.

Today, Luton Crown Court was told that the officer pursuing King observed him on at least four or five occasions speed past road junctions between 110 and 120 miles per hour.

Sentencing King, Recorder John Brooke-Smith told him it had been a miracle that no-one had been hurt that night because of his driving.

King, of Conniburrow Boulevard, Milton Keynes, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, driving with excess alcohol, driving whilst disqualified and with no insurance.

Alison Ginn, prosecuting, said that it was around 2.50 on the morning of 31 May this year when a Bedfordshire police officer spotted the defendant driving on the A428 in Bedford in an S type Jaguar. Checks by the officer revealed that the car had no insurance and there was no registered keeper for it. As a result, the officer drove after the vehicle with his sirens and blue lights activated. The court was told that the defendant briefly pulled up in a layby of the A422, but then suddenly accelerated away at speed. Miss Ginn said that in the chase that followed, the defendant touched speeds of up to 120mph before losing control of the vehicle on a bend and ending up in a ditch and striking a tree.

The court heard that King was pulled from the vehicle smelling strongly of alcohol. It was discovered he was disqualified from driving until 2016 and he was found to be more than twice the legal limit for driving.

Miss Ginn said that the defendant had eleven previous convictions for driving with no insurance, nine for driving whilst disqualified and four convictions for driving over the limit.

Sally Jackson, defending, told the court that King had had problems with alcohol in the past but, more recently, had been taking steps to tackle them. She said that while on remand in prison, he had taken part in a detox programme.

Passing sentence, Recorder Brooke-Smith told King: "This was a shocking incident." He was given a 12 month jail sentence, disqualified from driving for three years and ordered to take an extended test. In addition, his licence was endorsed.

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