Jail for city driver in high speed car chase

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News - By STEPHEN BRIGGS stephen.briggs@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk

A MAN who took a van and then led po­lice on a high speed chase through Peter­bor­ough has been jailed.

James Bru­denell (29) of Tir­ring­ton, Bret­ton, Peter­bor­ough, had driven at 75mph and had swerved across lanes on Flet­ton Park­way, raced through a red light and even driven the wrong way on a round­about while be­ing pur­sued by po­lice.

He even car­ried on driv­ing de­spite po­lice de­ploy­ing their stinger de­vice which punc­tured the van’s tyres.

He was ar­rested only af­ter aban­don­ing the van and flee­ing on foot af­ter the chase from Or­ton Wis­tow through the city cen­tre and into Mill­field last week.

Bru­denell was sen­tenced to 16 weeks in prison at Peter­bor­ough Mag­is­trates’ Court and banned from driv­ing for one year.

Bru­denell, whose part­ner is preg­nant with his baby, sobbed in the dock as he re­alised the sen­tence meant he was go­ing to spend Christ­mas be­hind bars.

He had pleaded guilty to ag­gra­vated ve­hi­cle tak­ing, fail­ing to stop when di­rected by a po­lice of­fi­cer, driv­ing other­wise in ac­cor­dance with a li­cence and driv­ing with no in­sur­ance.

Anthea Har­ris, pros­e­cut­ing, told the court: “The de­fen­dant was liv­ing with a friend af­ter an ar­gu­ment with his part­ner.

“She left the keys to the van in the kitchen door, and he took the keys and the van on Thurs­day, De­cem­ber 22.

“He was spot­ted by po­lice in Or­ton Wis­tow, but drove off when they fol­lowed him.

“He was seen driv­ing at 75mph and swerv­ing across lanes on the Flet­ton Park­way, be­fore head­ing to­wards Boon­gate. It was there that the stinger was op­er­ated, and his tyres were burst.

“He also went through a red traf­fic light while be­ing fol­lowed by po­lice.

“He car­ried on driv­ing to­wards Crawthorne Road, and went the wrong way around the round-about onto Lin­coln Road, and onto Tav­ern­ers Road and West­field Road. He again went the wrong way round a round­about be­fore head­ing into Dean Court, where he got out of the van, and ran into a gar­den and was even­tu­ally ar­rested.”

Oliver Bar­rett, de­fend­ing, said: “He saw the po­lice and pan­icked.

“He ad­mits he should have pulled over, but has no ex­cuse for his ac­tions.

“His part­ner is ex­pect­ing a child next year, and she will not be happy that he will not be around to sup­port her for part of that time.”

District Judge Ken Sher­a­ton said: “To some ex­tent you are for­tu­nate the pros­e­cu­tion has not charged this as dan­ger­ous driv­ing, as this would most cer­tainly have gone to Crown Court, where sen­tenc­ing pow­ers are greater.”

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