Dangerous driver could face prison

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A DANGEROUS driver who led police on a chase through north Derbyshire villages could be on the road to custody.

Officers had been passed information about a Citroen AX driven by David Wilson, aged 20, but they were unable to stop it in Arkwright Town.

The car was pursued by marked police vehicles as it accelerated away.

It went towards Hasland and they followed it to Grassmoor, North Wingfield and Holmewood.

Helen Griffiths, prosecuting, said Wilson drove at high speeds and ignored a red traffic light after overtaking a queue of waiting traffic.

“There was a dangerous overtaking of a bus on a bend near Grassmoor golf course and the vehicle almost collided with two HGVs at Holmewood while trying to escape.

“The defendant made no attempt to slow down or give way during what was essentially a police chase and they aborted the pursuit because of the dangerous way he was driving,” said Mrs Griffiths.

Officers then deployed a “stinger” device which caused Wilson to lose control in Churchlands Way, Holmewood, where the Citroen collided with a lamp-post.

“He then tried to run away but he was caught and arrested.

“His driving posed a high risk of danger to pedestrians and other road users,” added Mrs Griffiths.

Wilson, of Chatsworth Road, Brampton, admitted charges of dangerous driving and driving without insurance and a full licence on November 10.

Magistrates said that their powers of punishment were insufficient to sentence Wilson.

He will be sentenced at Derby Crown Court on January 6.