Court hears of 75mph chase

A BANNED driver sped dangerously through Ipswich streets with no regard for other road users during a police pursuit, a court heard today.Ipswich Crown Court heard that Darrell Lambert drove at speeds of up to 75 miles per hour during the police chase between Britannia Road and Raeburn Road.

A BANNED driver sped dangerously through Ipswich streets with no regard for other road users during a police pursuit, a court heard today.

Ipswich Crown Court heard that Darrell Lambert drove at speeds of up to 75 miles per hour during the police chase between Britannia Road and Raeburn Road.

He drove through a red light, round a roundabout the wrong way, along roads on the wrong side and almost collided with a police car.

The 21-year-old then forced the stolen Ford Fiesta car between bollards on a pedestrian alleyway and escaped a Volvo police car which was too wide for the gap, the court heard.


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Michael Crimp, prosecuting, said the Fiesta was dumped in bushes in Sandy Lane and Lambert was found on foot in Hawke Road where he lives.

Lambert has denied dangerous driving, disqualified driving, breaching an Anti Social Behaviour Order and causing common assault to police officer Michelle Webber on November 14 last year.

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Mr Crimp said officers received a report that a Fiesta had been taken without consent from Saxmundham and was heading for Ipswich.

He said it was about 11.30pm when police spotted the car and its three occupants and began to follow it into Britannia Road with blue lights flashing.

Mr Crimp said: “It was being driven in a very foolhardy manner at inappropriate speeds and sometimes with the headlights switched off.”

He said an ASBO was imposed last May 29 preventing Lambert from driving a car or from being a passenger unless in a taxi, emergency vehicle or a vehicle driven by a named motorist.

He said Lambert had assaulted Pc Webber at the police station after his arrest.

Pc Shaun Watling told the court he had pursued the Fiesta and witnessed it drive round a bend in Princethorpe Road on the wrong side of the road.

He said the Fiesta drove straight into Bixley Road without slowing for an oncoming police car and then drove the wrong way round St Augustine's roundabout passing another police car and into Felixstowe Road.

Pc Watling said the car driver had a light coloured hoodie on and the hood was up.

Lambert told police it was not him.

Pc Watling said the Fiesta drove through a red traffic light near Rosehill Road then headed for Nacton Road at between 70 and 75 mph, mounted the pavement and then negotiated a grassy tree-lined embankment into Clapgate Lane.

The trial continues.

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