Sheffield drug teen’s rush-hour police chase ended in garden crash

A Sheffield teen was high on cannabis when he led police on a 60mph chase through rush-hour traffic which ended when he crashed into a garden.

Monday, 13th January 2020, 6:00 am
Updated Wednesday, 15th January 2020, 5:49 pm

A police officer saw Lewis Rose wasn't wearing a seat-belt as he drove on Westfield Northway, at around 4.50pm, on September 29, 2017, but when he was signalled to stop, the 18-year-old accelerated away.

"A passenger tried to get out but appeared to get stuck," prosecutor Andrew Smith told Sheffield Crown Court, on Friday.

"He smashed the window to free himself from what he was hooked on and he ran away."

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Sheffield Crown Court
Sheffield Crown Court

Rose reached speeds of 60mph in a 30mph zone on Westfield Parkway, with the passenger door swinging and narrowly missing parked cars.

He took corners and drove over speed bumps at "dangerous speeds", Mr Smith said, causing oncoming cars to brake heavily.

But he lost control of the car when he crashed into a front garden in Beighton, and gave himself up after a short foot chase.

Blood tests revealed he was 50 per cent above the accepted drug-driving level for cannabis.

Rose, of Newbould Crescent, admitted the offences in August 2019, and appeared via video-link from custody, where he is serving a sentence for theft and fraud matters, committed in 2018.

"These are very old offences," said Ian West, mitigating. "He is 20 today. He committed these offences when he was 18. There has been no further offending."

Judge Jeremy Richardson QC told Rose his driving was deplorable.

He sentenced him to six months in a young offenders' institute and banned him for 21 months.