Driver high on co­caine led po­lice on 96mph 8-mile chase

BUT JUDGE DE­CIDES NOT TO SEND HIM TO JAIL,

Derby Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE - By MARTIN NAY­LOR martin.nay­[email protected]­plc.com @Imo­nan­oth­er­plan

I told you I would not send you to im­me­di­ate cus­tody and I will be faith­ful to what I said. Judge Shaun Smith QC

A FA­THER who led po­lice on a ter­ri­fy­ing 96mph eight-mile chase while more than six times the le­gal limit for co­caine has es­caped an im­me­di­ate prison term.

Judge Shaun Smith QC told Ryan Oak­ley he would be “faith­ful to what he said” when he in­formed him be­fore Christ­mas he would sus­pend any jail term he im­posed on him for his dan­ger­ous driv­ing.

In­stead of spend­ing time be­hind bars, the 25-year-old fork­lift truck driver, of Cas­tle Don­ing­ton, will un­der­take 200 hours un­paid work and must re­main trou­ble-free for two years to avoid jail.

At the orig­i­nal hear­ing, in De­cem­ber, footage was shown of a near-10-minute pur­suit dur­ing which Oak­ley drove on the wrong side of the road, jumped a red light and failed to stop at road junc­tions as he fled.

Po­lice dash­cam footage played at Derby Crown Court showed him reg­u­larly top 80mph and 90mph through 30mph lim­its in We­ston-on-Trent, As­ton-on-Trent, Shard­low and Cas­tle Don­ing­ton.

Oak­ley, who has a four-year-old daugh­ter, then stopped his Ford Fo­cus out­side his own home in Pad­dock Close, Cas­tle Don­ing­ton where the po­lice car blocked him in. He then got out of the pas­sen­ger side door and fled on foot – only to be caught nearby.

At Oak­ley’s sen­tenc­ing hear­ing, Judge Smith said: “I have looked at the footage and it is not as bad a piece of dan­ger­ous driv­ing as first thought. I told you be­fore Christ­mas that I would not send you to im­me­di­ate cus­tody and I will be faith­ful to what I said.

Al­mas Ben-Ariba, prose­cut­ing the orig­i­nal case, said the of­fence took place just be­fore mid­night on Oc­to­ber 10.

She said: “A po­lice of­fi­cer on pa­trol in a marked car saw a Ford Fo­cus com­ing to­wards him at speed while he was in We­ston-on-Trent. The de­fen­dant, who was driv­ing, ac­cel­er­ated away at speed and the po­lice started to pur­sue the car.

“The chase lasts for eight to nine min­utes and saw the de­fen­dant reach speeds of 96mph in 30mph lim­its and reg­u­larly go over 80mph or 90mph.

“He also drives on the wrong side of the road, crosses the cen­tral reser­va­tion on to the op­po­site car­riage­way, jumps a red light and ig­nores road junc­tions he is sup­posed to stop at.” Miss Ben-Aribia then played the footage of the chase which be­gan in Swarke­stone Road, We­ston-on-Trent. It showed Oak­ley go on to We­ston Road, then Shard­low Road, in As­ton-on-Trent, on to As­ton Road and into Shard­low.

The footage then showed Oak­ley drive into Cas­tle Don­ing­ton where he aban­dons the Ford Fo­cus out­side his home. Miss Ben-Aribia said: “Po­lice try to block in his car so he gets out of the pas­sen­ger seat and there is a short chase where he is de­tained. “He then failed a road­side swipe test for co­caine and an­other blood test at the po­lice sta­tion.” Oak­ley’s test saw him give a read­ing of 65 mi­cro­grams of co­caine in a litre of blood when the le­gal limit is 10.

He pleaded guilty to dan­ger­ous driv­ing and drug-driv­ing and has two pre­vi­ous speed­ing of­fences on his record among his five pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions.

Judge Smith handed Oak­ley a ninemonth jail term, sus­pended for two years, or­dered him to carry out 200 hours un­paid work and dis­qual­i­fied him from driv­ing for a year.

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