Jail for po­lice chase driver

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News - By STEPHEN BRIGGS

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

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