Skegness Drink driver jailed after 120mph police chase

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A drink driver who took police on a 120mph chase to avoid arrest is today behind bars after being jailed for 14 months.

Lincoln Crown Court heard how Michael Stevenson, 34, of Brecks Lane, Rotherham who has an appalling motoring record had set off home from Skegness to Rotherham after he had been drinking.

The court heard that police were tipped off that Michael Stevenson had been out drinking and was planning to drive his vehicle. It was also revealed that an officer who saw Michael Stevenson driving on the A158 heading towards Lincoln was driving so fast that the officer failed to keep up with him.

Noel Philo, prosecuting, said Michael Stevenson who had four previous convictions for drink driving reached the Lincoln bypass where he was pursued by another officer as he drove to the Nettleham Road roundabout and then continued on to the Riseholme Road roundabout.

Mr Philo said: “He turned right onto the A15 and headed north. The traffic was described as very light, but the car was travelling very fast indeed.

“The speed limit is 50mph. He overtook several cars and was going at over 100mph.”

Stevenson drove on the wrong side of the roundabout at the junction with Tillbridge Lane.

Mr Philo said: “There is no way he could see what was coming the other way. He got back on to the correct side of the road and continued at a very high speed.”

Michael Stevenson reached speeds of 120mph on a section of the road where the speed limit was 70mph before turning right and then heading for Spridlington.

The police reported that Michael Stevenson performed two handbrake turns while being pursued. The police chase only came to an end when Stevenson went through Spridlington village travelling at 60mph and ended up on a minor road with a dead end.

Police who arrested Michael Stevenson then breathalysed him and found he was driving while over the legal alcohol limit. The court heard he later produced a reading of 54mgs of alcohol per 100mls of breath compared to the legal limit of 35mgs.

Stevenson admitted dangerous driving on May 3rd 2021 and driving with excess alcohol. As well as receiving 14 months behind bars, Judge John Pini QC also banned him from driving for a total of four years and seven months. He also ordered the confiscation of the BMW car that was driven by Stevenson during the police chase.

Leanne Summers, in mitigation, said Stevenson had been out of trouble for six years and had changed his lifestyle since his last court appearance.

She said Stevenson’s life changed again when his relationship with his partner broke down.

 

 

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