Driver led police on a chase with a 10-year-old in the car

Mansfield Magistrates Court.
Mansfield Magistrates Court.

A man led police on a car chase reaching speeds of 60mph in built-up areas with his 10-year-old sister in the car, a court was told.

Kyle Gareth Parkin, 26, of Rowan Drive, Kirkby was close to tears when asked to explain his actions after admitting four driving charges.

They included driving dangerously, failing to stop when asked by officers, driving without a licence and without insurance.

Mansfield Magistrates’ Court was told by prosecutor Wayne Wallis that police had spotted a Ford Mondeo on Lowmoor Road at around 10.30am on September 26.

Having run the registration plate through the computer, it was found that only a female was insured on the vehicle but the officers could clearly see Parkin behind the wheel.

When the police turned on their blue lights to stop him, Parkin sped up.

They chased him along Lowmoor Road, Marlborough Road, Alexandra Street and Byron Avenue.

The officers said he failed to give way at junctions, reached speeds of 40, 50 and then 60mph in 20, 30 and 40mph zones and overtook a vehicle on the wrong side of the road.

However, Parkin lost control of the vehicle on Byron Avenue, the back of the car slid out and hit a kerb, puncturing the rear tyre and eventually forcing him to stop.

His young sister was found crying in the car when the police opened the door to arrest him.

He immediately apologised for his behaviour when he was pulled out of the car.

During interview he told police that he had panicked and was aware he was being pursued.

Representing himself in court, he tearfully said: “I’m just sorry, I should never have had my sister in the car.

“She is my world at the end of the day.”

The court was told how Parkin had a string of previous driving offences including twocking, drink-driving and driving while disqualified.

The magistrates agreed that their sentencing powers were insufficient because the charges were aggravated by a prolonged spell of bad driving with a disregard for the 
safety of others, and at excessive speed.

He is now due to appear at Nottingham Crown Court for sentencing on November 30.