Driver sped away from police at 100mph and into oncoming traffic through Sheffield

A man involved in a 100mph police chase in Sheffield has been jailed for dangerous driving.

Thursday, 25th June 2020, 8:18 am
Updated Thursday, 25th June 2020, 8:19 am

He was driving a blue Volkswagen Golf and failed to pull over for officers on Ecclesfield Road at around midday on Thursday, May 21.

A police pursuit was then mounted, during which Taylor reached speeds of 99mph in busy, built up areas, driving on the wrong side of the road, through red lights and into oncoming traffic.

Sign up to our daily newsletter

The i newsletter cut through the noise

Benjamin Taylor

Traffic officers abandoned the pursuit due to safety concerns.

Roads Policing Officer Andy Hewitt said: “When we engage in a pursuit, there are a number of risks we have to consider.

“We are constantly making decisions throughout the pursuit, such as the levels of traffic, the amount of pedestrians, the time of day with specific considerations to schools and the level of risk the driver is taking.

“We also have to ensure that it is justified, therefore we review the seriousness and nature of the offence or the intelligence we may have around the suspects.

“The pursuit with Taylor was abandoned because of the risks he was taking and the level of danger to the public. When we stand down from a pursuit, it does not end there. We have intelligence on that vehicle and driver, evidence from our dash cams and a reason to believe criminal activity has taken place.”

READ MORE: Sheffield shoplifter threatened Asda staff with metal bar

Officers located Taylor and arrested him on suspicion of dangerous driving.