Man sentenced after police pursuit on A47
A 26-year-old man has been jailed for dangerous driving following a pursuit on the A47 Acle Straight in October 2017.
David Johnson, of St Thomas’s Road, Hemsby, was sentenced at Norwich Crown Court yesterday (Tuesday 9 April 2019) after pleading guilty to dangerous driving at an earlier hearing.
Johnson was given a 12-month prison sentence and disqualified from driving for three-and-half years.
It follows an incident on 26 October 2017 when Johnson failed to stop for police while driving a silver Ford Mondeo.
In a bid to escape officers, Johnson drove at speeds over 100mph on the Acle Straight towards Great Yarmouth, causing other drivers to take evasive action and almost causing a collision.
Officers attempted to use a stinger device as the car entered Yarmouth but Johnson managed to avoid it, making off from police towards the Gapton Hall roundabout.
It was at this point officers called-off the pursuit because of the high risk to other road users as Johnson went straight through a red light at the roundabout. After the pursuit he continued to drive in a dangerous manner.
Johnson was subsequently circulated as wanted following the incident and he handed himself into police in January 2019.
PC Steve Lee, from the Roads Armed Policing Team based at Acle, welcomed the sentence.
He said: “Johnson’s driving was extremely dangerous and he showed no regard for other road users. It’s extremely fortunate he didn’t cause a collision which could have left people with serious injuries, or worse.
“Police pursuits are subject to ongoing risk assessments and on this occasion the decision was made to terminate the pursuit in the interests of public safety. This case shows that even if we decide to terminate a pursuit we do not give up at that point and will do everything we can to bring the driver to justice.
“This sentence shows that if you fail to stop for police and drive in a dangerous manner you will be banned from driving for a long time and you also risk going the prison.”