High speed police chase man faces jail

REACHING speeds of 140mph disqualified driver Glodean O'Connor was chased by police through Ipswich and on to the A12.As he raced from the town and for ten miles around it outskirts he was pursued by police who could not catch him until he crashed his white G-reg BMW.

REACHING speeds of 140mph disqualified driver Glodean O'Connor was chased by police through Ipswich and on to the A12.

As he raced from the town and for ten miles around it outskirts he was pursued by police who could not catch him until he crashed his white G-reg BMW.

O'Connor, of Nacton Road, Ipswich, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving at South East Suffolk Magistrates Court and now faces the prospect of a stiff jail sentence.

The father-of-three also admitted three counts of driving while disqualified and driving without insurance.


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He was banned from driving for 12 months when he was a youth in 1997 but because he has not re-taken his driving test he was still seen to be driving while disqualified.

Magistrates in Ipswich heard that on September 18 at 1.30am police spotted the 23-year-old driving his BMW in London Road, Ipswich, as they suspected he was a disqualified driver. They signalled for him to stop with their blue flashing lights but O'Connor kept on driving.

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A chase ensued where they followed O'Connor's car out of Ipswich on to the A12. In a 40mph zone he reached speeds of 90mph until he approached a junction and drove through a red light.

The driver and passenger in the police car were still attempting to gain on O'Connor when he drove towards Felixstowe on the A14 at 100mph. The between the Orwell Bridge and Nacton he was speeding at a massive 140mph on the dual carriageway.

O'Connor, who works as a labourer on a building site, then continued on the A12 towards Woodbridge and turned down a smaller road in the direction of Waldringfield. He sped round the tight bends and at times drove on the wrong side of the road. He finally lost control and grounded his car in a grassy area near Fishpond Road, Waldringfield, where the police officers arrested him and later charged him with dangerous driving.

O'Connor's solicitor said in mitigation that he should be given credit for making a guilty plea. She said he was extremely sorry and that he realised the consequences of his actions.

Nicola Quinney advised the magistrates to take in to account that he had not put a passenger's life in danger as he had been alone in the car.

She also said that the roads had been quiet at 1.30 in the morning and that he had driven dangerously on main roads and not in residential areas where he may have been more likely to endanger life with his dangerous driving.

O'Connor was remanded in custody as his case was referred to Ipswich Crown Court for sentencing, because the magistrates felt they did not have strong enough sentencing powers for the offence.

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