Banned driver failed to stop for police

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A BANNED motorist crashed while being followed by police in Rushden, a court heard yesterday.

Disqualified driver Stephen May, 19, of Allens Hill, Bozeat, was driving his partner’s Vauxhall Corsa in the town on November 17 last year because she had an ankle injury.

Northampton Crown Court heard an officer spotted the car leaving a club car park just before 10pm and decided to conduct a routine check. But May failed to stop and sped off, ignoring the police car’s lights and sirens.

Michael Waterfield, prosecuting, said the Corsa cut the corner of the roundabout at the junction of Highfield Road and Boundary Avenue before weaving from side to side in Irchester Road.

The car hit a tree and spun around, stopping on the other side of the road. He said: “There was evidence he had been drinking, but the level was not sufficient for prosecution.”

May admitted dangerous driving.

Matthew Kirk, mitigating, said: “May knows he has made a substantial mess of things. He knows he is going to custody.”

May had previously been banned from driving for 18 months in September after taking a vehicle without consent and drink-driving.

He was sentenced to 12 months’ youth detention, with a 10-week suspended sentence activated, and banned for a further two years.