Jail for city driver in high speed car chase
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.”