Mum and tot leapt from path of dan­ger driver

Stockport Express - - Front Page -

ACHEADLE Hulme man was spared jail af­ter a court heard he mounted the pave­ment in a speed­ing Audi, caus­ing a mother and her 11-month old son to jump out of the way, as he tried to es­cape po­lice.

An­thony Rose, 30, of San­dring­ham Road, was told that the con­se­quences of his ‘ap­palling’ driving, de­scribed as ‘acts of mad­ness,’ could have been ‘cat­a­strophic’ by the court judge.

Manch­ester Crown Court heard that Rose was spot­ted by po­lice at a junc­tion, when he swerved out of a right hand turn only lane to in­stead turn left.

Of­fi­cers were car­ry­ing out a check about the car on the po­lice na­tional com­puter, af­ter they re­mem­bered it from an ear­lier in­ci­dent when the black Audi had failed to stop.

Po­lice be­gan to chase Rose in the Audi, which was later found to be stolen, although Rose was not in­volved in that theft.

Dur­ing the pur­suit through Wythen­shawe, which lasted for just un­der a mile, Rose reached speeds of 60mph in a 20mph zone, went through three red lights and crossed the path of an on­com­ing tram.

At one point he mounted the pave­ment, where a woman was walk­ing home with her 11-month-old son at about 12.45pm on Septem­ber 12, near Wythen­shawe Park Metrolink sta­tion.

Rose missed them by ‘cen­time­tres’ af­ter they jumped out of the way, pros­e­cu­tor Gemma Maxwell said.

They had heard the ‘screech’ of tyres, and the woman said that as Rose passed them ‘he had the cheek’ to say ‘I’m sorry.’

Another mum with her one-year-old child was nearby and saw what hap­pened.

The chase ended when Rose crashed into a gar­den wall. He tried to run off but was caught.

In in­ter­view, Rose, who has pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions for drink-driving and driving while dis­qual­i­fied, was said to be re­morse­ful and ad­mit­ted he knew the car was stolen, re­veal­ing he had bought it for £500.

De­fend­ing, Adrian Palmer, said Rose has is­sues with drink and cannabis, and he is a fa­ther of three young chil­dren with another child due in March.

“He is most re­morse­ful for what he has done,” the bar­ris­ter said.

Rose pleaded guilty to danger­ous driving, driving with­out in­sur­ance and with­out a li­cence and ag­gra­vated ve­hi­cle tak­ing.

Sen­tenc­ing, Judge David Stock­dale QC im­posed a 12 month prison term sus­pended for 24 months and or­dered Rose to com­plete 200 hours of un­paid work and up to 15 re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion ac­tiv­ity re­quire­ment days. He was banned from driving for three years.

Judge Stock­dale said: “These driving of­fences amount to acts of mad­ness on your part.

“You have fam­ily re­spon­si­bil­i­ties, another child on the way, you are in full time em­ploy­ment, and you were in pos­ses­sion of and drove a stolen car.

“On Septem­ber 12 you drove very, very dan­ger­ously on res­i­den­tial roads in Wythen­shawe. The con­se­quences of that could have been cat­a­strophic.

“This was an ap­palling piece of driving trig­gered only by your at­tempt to evade ap­pre­hen­sion by the po­lice.”

●●An­thony Rose out­side Manch­ester Crown Court

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