Pair swapped seats while driving to escape from police
Couple in court after car chase in country lane
A couple swapped seats in a car while it was moving as they tried to get away from police, a court heard.
The Cherokee Jeep was travelling at about 25mph in a country lane when Pricilla Smith moved into the passenger seat to let Robert Mobey take the wheel.
He then led officers on a chase before crashing the car, Maidstone Crown Court was told.
Mobey, of Cockering Road, Canterbury, and Smith, of Sydney Road, Whitstable, both admitted dangerous driving when they appeared at Maidstone Crown Court on Tuesday.
Mobey, 38, also admitted driving while disqualified and Smith, 49, admitted handling a stolen supermarket card from a burglary.
They both denied committing a burglary in Goldfinch Close, Faversham, and no evidence was offered against them.
Prosecutor Trevor Wright said the Jeep was seen travelling from Canterbury on the A2 towards Faversham on April 20.
Smith was driving as it was stopped near Brenley Corner. An officer told her to pull into a driveway, but Mobey told her: “Do one.”
The car lurched forward, narrowly missing a police car and headed towards Selling, driving at about 50mph in country lanes.
“The vehicle slowed because the occupants were changing places,” said Mr Wright. “Once Mr Mobey sat in the driver’s side the vehicle accelerated away at maximum speed.”
The car returned to Brenley Lane where Mobey reversed at speed, lost control and hit the verge. The tow bar was ripped off. A police officer drove into the Jeep to immobilise it. Mobey and Smith were both arrested.
Mobey was jailed for a year but was due for release having served almost six months on remand.
He was banned from driving for three years and will have to take an extended test before being allowed back on the road.
The drug addict was said to have completed a rehabilitation course while on remand.
Smith had been held in custody since October 20 after failing to attend court. She was on a tagged curfew for 112 days.
She was sentenced to eight months imprisonment suspended for two years and banned from driving for two years. She will also have to take an extended test.