Man, 20, led police on high-speed car chase around Wellingborough

A man led police on a high-speed car chase through Wellingborough late at night.

Police officers who were driving around the Naseby Close and Barnwell Road area of Wellingborough went to stop Steven Furnell when they spotted him sitting in the driver’s seat of a green Vauxhall Vectra without his seatbelt on.

But as the officers approached him in their car he sped off.

The officers turned their flashing lights and sirens on and pursued him.

Prosecutor James Bide-Thomas described the high-speed chase when 20-year-old Furnell, of Pytchley Rise, Wellingborough, appeared at Northampton Crown Court on Friday (June 15).

Mr Bide-Thomas said according to the police officers, Furnell reached speeds of up to 100mph.

He led police on a chase that went along Gleneagles Drive onto Queensway and to the crossroads with Kingsway, where Furnell drove through a red light.

The pursuit continued along Kingsway onto Doddington Road, Abbey Road, Croyland Road and Monks Way.

Mr Bide-Thomas said: “It’s right to say there are speed bumps all along Queensway and Kingsway and I understand the defendant was driving the vehicle along the middle of the road.”

He said the pursuit came to an end when the car went onto the wrong side of the road and Furnell seemed to lose control while going around a corner.

Furnell and his passenger - his brother Michael - got out of the car and ran. Furnell was found hiding in a bush.

Paul Orton, for Furnell, said he accepted his driving had been dangerous and “too fast in the circumstances” but said he was driving between 60mph and 70mph, not up to 100mph.

Recorder Christopher Goodchild said Furnell drove “like a maniac” and told him: “You are lucky, frankly, to be alive, and so is your brother.”

Furnell was disqualified from driving for two-and-a-half years.

He was sentenced to six months in prison suspended for two years for dangerous driving and was also given a two-year supervision order.

He was also given a three-month curfew.

Recorder Goodchild imposed no separate penalty for Furnell driving with no insurance.