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Dangerous driver jailed for 16 months

PUBLISHED: 09:55 05 October 2001 | UPDATED: 10:37 03 March 2010

A TEENAGER who led police on a high-speed chase through Suffolk has been locked up for 16 months.

Banned driver Adam Calver took four terrified passengers on a nightmare journey at speeds of up to 100mph after officers tried to stop his car.

A TEENAGER who led police on a high-speed chase through Suffolk has been locked up for 16 months.

Banned driver Adam Calver took four terrified passengers on a nightmare journey at speeds of up to 100mph after officers tried to stop his car.

A court heard Calver how the 19-year-old, of St Helen's Street, Ipswich, had driven the wrong way around roundabouts, through red lights and narrowly avoided colliding head-on with a lorry.

The incident lasted 40 minutes and at its height five police cars and the force helicopter were involved in pursuing Calver.

Calver was sent to a young offenders' institution after admitting dangerous driving, driving while disqualified, without insurance or an MoT, theft of petrol from a petrol station, fraudulently using a road tax disc and handling stolen goods.

Sentencing Calver yesterday at Bury St Edmunds Crown Court, Recorder John Akast >>> said: "This was a truly dreadful piece of work. Your driving extended over 10 or 15 miles in a desperate effort to escape.

"This was a serious offence. There were numerous occasions where the risks to other road users were enormous. It is the purest luck that no-one was injured."

An earlier hearing at Ipswich Magistrates' Court last month heard that Calver had sped off after police attempted to stop him in Sea Road, Felixstowe, at about 11pm on July 25. He was disqualified from driving at the time of the offences.

The Ford Fiesta driver took his four terrified passengers at high speed from Felixstowe through Ipswich and on to Sproughton, Needham Market and Stowmarket.

He then travelled at speeds of up to 100mph through the Haughley bends, which have a 50mph speed limit, and continued as far as Woolpit, near Bury St Edmunds, when he was finally stopped by police.

Simon Spence, mitigating, said Calver had not injured anyone and had admitted the charges at the earliest opportunity.

He said Calver had decided to "make a run for it" when police tried to stop him rather than face the consequences, and this demonstrated "arrogance and immaturity".

Calver was sentenced to a total of 16 months in a young offenders' institution and disqualified from driving for two-and-a-half years. Concurrent sentences were imposed for the offences of driving while disqualified, theft, fraudulent use of a tax disc and handling stolen goods, and his driving licence was endorsed for driving while disqualified.

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