Driver led police on 80mph chase through Mansfield

09-0565-2''Mansfield Magistrates Court
09-0565-2''Mansfield Magistrates Court

A young driver who led police on an 80mph chase through residential streets of Mansfield will learn his fate next month.

Marc James Gore (22) of Neward Way, Mansfield, was even followed by the police helicopter as he weaved his way around the town in his black Citroen Saxo.

A patrol car spotted unemployed Gore leaving Morrisons car park on Sutton Road in the early hours of 24th January without headlights.

The patrol car followed the Saxo, which was also carrying two passengers, before turning on his sirens. The Saxo then sped up pursued by the police vehicle.

For the Crown Prosecution Service, Ruth Snodin, said Gore ran a series of red lights, during the chase which took him down numerous roads, including Sutton Road, Bottany Avenue, Ladybrook Lane, Skegby Lane, Sheepbridge Lane, Atkin Lane, The Marr and Berry Hill Lane.

The police kept a safe distance but Gore was clocked travelling at various speeds including 50mph, 70mph and then 80mph in 30mph zones, and at one point veered onto the wrong side of the road.

Mansfield Magistrates’ Court was shown footage taken from the police helicopter.

He eventually pulled over and admitted to police ‘I have been stupid’.

Gore admitted charges of dangerous driving, failing to stop, driving without insurance and without a licence.

In mitigation, Danny Phillips, said Gore simply ‘panicked’ and that there was no suggestion that any other vehicle was in danger.

The case was adjourned for sentencing until 10th March.