Danger driver flipped car in pursuit through villages

Michael Rooksby drove a car at speed along the A45 towards Stanwick
Michael Rooksby drove a car at speed along the A45 towards Stanwick

A Raunds man has been jailed after a police pursuit in September last year which ended with him flipping a car after a high-speed chase.

Michael Rooksby, 26, from Welland Close, reached speeds of 70mph in Little Addington, which has a 30mph limit, before crashing the Peugeot vehicle he was driving with two passengers.

Rooksby appeared at Northampton Crown Court on Tuesday where he was jailed for eight months and banned from driving for a year.

The court heard how officers saw Rooksby driving the car, which belonged to one of the passengers, at speed along the A45 towards Stanwick in the early hours of September 27 last year. They pursued him along the A6, then through Little Addington and finally Great Addington, where Rooksby lost control and flipped the car.

Prosecution barrister Lynsey Knott said Rooksby had a lengthy record of driving offences and added that he had not been legally allowed to drive since 2005, having always been subject to bans.

Rooksby had pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, driving while disqualified and driving without insurance at an earlier hearing.

Jailing Rooksby, Recorder Timothy Spencer said: “You are nowhere near as good a driver as you think you are. It was only a matter of good fortune no-one was seriously injured.”