Al­ready-banned man locked up again and told ‘sen­tences will just get longer’:

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ADISQUALIFIED driver who reached “gravely ex­ces­sive” speeds while be­ing chased by po­lice has been jailed.

Young dad Neon Wil­liams raced through res­i­den­tial streets of Ban­gor – at one point dou­bling the 30mph speed limit.

The 24-year-old of Bron Deg, Rhostry­fan ad­mit­ted his sec­ond dan­ger­ous driv­ing con­vic­tion when he ap­peared at Mold Crown Court.

The court heard how, while dis­qual­i­fied, Wil­liams sped along Caernar­fon Road in Ban­gor while be­ing pur­sued by po­lice.

The chase was cap­tured on a po­lice car dash cam and the footage was played to Judge Tim­o­thy Petts, who jailed him for 54 weeks.

He was also banned from driv­ing for two years and 27 weeks.

Wil­liams had been jailed twice be­fore for driv­ing of­fences – once for dan­ger­ous driv­ing.

Judge Petts said that on Fe­bru­ary 17 the de­fen­dant drove at “gravely ex­ces­sive” speeds in res­i­den­tial ar­eas of Ban­gor, pos­ing risks to oth­ers.

“It is only through good luck – no thanks to you – that there was no ac­ci­dent or in­jury to other road users,” he said.

He said Wil­liams’ pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions were “a se­verely ag­gra­vat­ing fea­ture” of the case.

The judge told him that when re­leased, it was his choice whether he com­plied with the law, say­ing: “If you con­tinue to of­fend then you will go to prison and the sen­tences will sim­ply get longer.”

Pros­e­cut­ing bar­ris­ter Richard Ed­wards said po­lice fol­lowed the Audi car for more than a mile.

Wil­liams ig­nored re­quests to stop and drove up Coed Mawr Hill – at dou­ble the 30 mph limit at one stage. He and his pas­sen­ger fled from the car.

When later ar­rested, he de­nied be­ing the driver and said he had sold the car to a friend of a friend.

Mr Ed­wards said he was dis­qual­i­fied and there­fore had no in­sur­ance at the time. De­fend­ing bar­ris­ter Mark Con­nor said that his client ac­cepted full re­spon­si­bil­ity.

Wil­liams, he said, had been re­leased from prison in No­vem­ber of last year and two days later went to visit his fa­ther to in­tro­duce his two-year-old son.

But he found his fa­ther dead. His fa­ther had com­mit­ted sui­cide.

Then in Jan­uary he and the mother of his child had split up and there were dif­fi­cul­ties over child ac­cess.

On his re­lease he in­tended to get his life back on track.

● Neon Wil­liams had twice be­fore been jailed for driv­ing of­fences – once for dan­ger­ous driv­ing

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