Jail for police chase driver
A THIEF who led traffic police on a chase through the streets of Peterborough after stealing a car has been jailed.
Oncoming traffic in the city centre had to swerve out of the way as Simon Munns attempted to evade police after stealing a car, which had belonged to a friend’s family.
At Peterborough Crown Court, Munns - who had been released from a jail term for attempting to rob a shop with a samurai sword just a couple of months before the offence - was sentenced to 16 months behind bars for his latest offences.
Munns (22), whose address was given in court as HMP Peterborough, had pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, aggravated vehicle taking, driving without insurance, driving without a licence and theft at a previous hearing.
Duncan O’Donnell, prosecuting, told the court: “On the evening of February 10, Munns went to see a friend in Montagu Road in Walton, Peterborough. His friend, Adam Latham, was not in, but his mother was. “Munns stayed to talk to the mother, and have a cup of tea with her.
“However, during the
stay, she left the room, and while she was away her keys - including the keys for her Peugeot 306 car - went missing. She challenged Munns over the missing keys, but he denied taking them.
“But when she woke up the next morning, the car was gone.”
Munns, who has never held a full driving licence, used the car to take a friend to the post office, before he was spotted by CCTV in the city centre driving the car the following day. Number plate recognition flagged the car up to police as a stolen car, and a chase began at 2.55pm.
Mr O’Donnell added: “A number of police cars pursued the car through the city centre, and Munns swerved dangerously on a number of occasions. As he drove onto Bright Street traffic had to take evasive action and move out of the way.
“As he was on Bright Street the car slowed as he came up to a taxi. Police saw Munns open the door and move a leg out of the car. The car collided with the taxi, and Munns ran out of the car, and was chased to a garden in Gladstone Street, where he was arrested.”
Sarah Przybylska, defending, said: “These offences were born of poor decision making in the context of relationship issues and depression.
“He has already served a large number of days on remand, which has acted as a punishment for him. He pleaded guilty at the first opportunity.”
Sentencing, Judge Sean Enright said Munns had been lucky not to cause an accident during his driving.
He said: “Oncoming traffic had to swerve out of your way a number of times during the chase.” He sentenced Munns to six months in jail for theft, 10 months for dangerous driving, to be served consecutively, and six months for aggravated vehicle taking, to be served concurrently. He was also disqualified from driving for two years for dangerous driving. No separate penalties were given for the other offences.
JAIL: Simon Munns