Man jailed for drugs and dangerous driving - Luton

18/05/2016

A car rolled down a Luton road hitting other vehicles after the drug dealer driver jumped out to get away from the police.

Bedfordshire university graduate Akinfemi Makinde, aged 23, from Greenwich, had walked out of Luton Magistrates' Court that morning having been fined for possessing cannabis. He was seen at 7.35pm the same evening by the police when he was behind the wheel of a Ford Focus in Cowper Street, Luton.

Prosecutor Neil King told Luton Crown Court today, Wednesday, 18 May 2016, that the officers were suspicious and activated their blue lights. A canister was thrown out of the Focus as the car went into Tavistock Street, crossed a junction without stopping and passed through a No Entry sign to go along the street the wrong way. The Focus stopped in Ashton Road where Makinde and his passenger jumped out, leaving the doors open. "The car continued down the road, its car doors hitting other vehicles before it stopped," said Mr King.

Both men were arrested nearby. No action was taken against the man who had been in the passenger seat. A modified aerosol canister containing six deal bags of cannabis, with a street value of 174.60p was recovered, along with 110 cash.

Makinde pleaded guilty on the day of his trial for possessing 17.6 grams of a Class B drug with intent to supply and dangerous driving.

Mr King told the court that Makinde had previous convictions for possessing cannabis and driving with excess alcohol.

Sophie O'Sullivan, defending, said Makinde was no longer smoking cannabis. She said he had studied business at Bedfordshire University and wanted to become a financial analyst. He had been working as a panel beater 3-days a week, five hours a day, in a car body shop in Leagrave Road, Luton at the time, she said. Ms O'Sullivan asked for a suspended sentence to be passed.

But Judge Michael Kay QC described Makinde's behaviour as "contemptuous and criminal." He told him: "You had come to Luton to be sentenced for possessing cannabis. You had with you a stock of cannabis in a modified aerosol can. The remarkable feature is that you were going to deal in cannabis that very day. The contempt you showed for the court and judicial system is breathtaking." He jailed him for a year, banned him from driving for 18 months and ordered him to take an extended driving test. The 110 and the drugs were also forfeited.

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