Police car chase man on road to jail

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A MANSFIELD man involved in a police car chase just after his release from prison has been jailed for a year.

Lee Goody (24), of Burnside Drive, admitted dangerous driving and driving while disqualified.

One police car took over from another in pursuit of a silver Peugeot 308 just before 5pm on 13th April, Nottingham Crown Court was told.

The Peugeot went at excessive speed over speed humps in residential Beech Crescent before going on to Bailey Crescent and Townrow Drive, said Andrew Tanser, prosecuting.

The car increased its speed to 45-50mph and went straight over a junction before accelerating to an estimated 65mph, the court was told.

It skidded to a halt and Goody ran for about 100 metres but then gave himself up.

He said he was taking a passenger for methadone, the heroin substitute.

Goody had only recently been released from a 60-day sentence for burglary with intent to steal. He had previous convictions for dangerous driving and driving while disqualified.

In mitigation, it was said he had decided to give up drug taking and was on a methadone prescription himself. He would move away from the area with a woman of good character who had been visiting him in custody.

Judge Andrew Hamilton told him he had only been out of prison for a day or more. If a mother with a pushchair had come out from behind a parked car the consequences could have been dreadful, he said.

The judge banned him for 12 months.