Drunk jailed for dangerous driving

A DRUNK who drove "outrageously" through Ipswich Town centre has been jailed for dangerous driving.The 22-year-old was out of prison on licence from his five-year sentence for killing his best friend in a similar incident when the latest offences happened.

A DRUNK who drove "outrageously" through Ipswich Town centre has been jailed for dangerous driving.

The 22-year-old was out of prison on licence from his five-year sentence for killing his best friend in a similar incident when the latest offences happened.

Adam Brunning, raced through the streets of Ipswich pursued by police cars and a tracking helicopter in broad daylight on October 21 this year.

He sped through red traffic lights at Murray Road, mounted the pavements and crashed through bollards and careered over the grassy Bixley Road roundabout to avoid police and the "stingers" they placed across the roads to burst Brunning's car tyres.


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The chase finally came to an end when Brunning crashed into the back of a stationary lorry parked in West End Road.

The disqualified driver refused to give a breath test but admitted he had drunk six vodkas that morning.

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Brunning, of The Street, Peasenhall, pleaded guilty to driving while disqualified, dangerous driving, failing to provide a specimen of breath, aggravated vehicle taking and having no insurance.

Peter Gair, prosecuting at Ipswich Crown Court, said Brunning took his mother's 4 x 4 Mitsubishi from Darsham Garage where she worked.

Police recognised Brunning as being a disqualified driver as he drove erratically along the A12 at Saxmundham. The officers pursued him for 30 minutes watching him weave from one side of the road to the other, but Brunning refused to stop.

Once Brunning reached the Cattle Market area of Ipswich town centre, the police cars were called off while the helicopter continued the chase more safely from the air.

While the court watched a video of the horrendous car chase, Brunning sat in the dock shaking his head.

Simon Spence, mitigating for Brunning, said his client was remorseful for what he had done.

The court heard that Brunning had other convictions for drink driving and driving while disqualified and had been sent to a young offenders' institute on October 27, 2000, for causing death by dangerous driving.

Mr Spence said: "His best friend died in that accident and the defendant has had significant problems in his own mind coming to terms with that and I suspect he still has not. It is surprising he acted in a way which could particularly put other people's lives at risk."

The court heard that halfway through Brunning's five-year sentence he was released on license but this recent re-offending has breached that.

Mr Spence said Brunning had started a course at Otley College and had been prescribed methadone to get him off heroin.

Judge Alastair Darroch said: "Quite frankly I think your behaviour was outrageous. I cannot think of a worse way to flout your license from prison than to drive in this appalling way after drinking alcohol."

Brunning was re-called to prison for 363 days the unexpired time from his previous sentence. Judge Darroch also sent him to prison for a further 12 months for these latest offences.

He was disqualified from driving for three years, his license was endorsed and he was ordered to take an extended driving test before legally driving again.

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