Driver jailed after 110 mph police chase

A banned driver, who was involved in a 110 mph police pursuit after taking his grandfather’s Jaguar car, has been jailed at Lincoln Crown Court.

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Myles Horton took the car without permission while he was staying at his grandfather’s home in Lincoln and set off to visit his mother in Louth.

Paul Mytton, prosecuting, said that police tried to stop Horton near to Ludford but he carried on.

“He went through Ludford driving in the region of 70 mph. The speed limit is 30.

“He overtook a school bus at 90 mph and then narrowly avoided a collision.”

Mr Mytton said that Horton headed back towards Lincoln and went through Wragby at 70 mph, going straight through a red light.

“Vehicles had to avoid him. The highest speed he reached was in the region of 110 mph. He then came into contact with a stinger device.

“He lost control and hit a tree.”

Horton was arrested and gave a negative breath test, but he told officers: “If you let me go I’ll probably just jump into another car.”

Horton, 22, who was living in Long Leys Road, Lincoln, at the time, admitted charges of aggravated vehicle taking, driving while disqualified, driving without insurance, and failing to stop when required by a police officer.

He was jailed for 11 months and banned from driving for three years and five months.

Recorder Stuart Sprawson told him: “You are a menace when you get behind the wheel of a car. You ended up on the A158 driving at 110 mph.

“It was only by the actions of the police in deploying a stinger that you were brought to a halt.

“This was a deliberate attempt by you to avoid being captured.”

Sunil Khanna, in mitigation, said that Horton had set off to visit his mother in Louth, and then decided to go and see his girlfriend in Gainsborough.

He said: “It was then that the police saw him. He panicked and just drove.”