Ipswich: Man stole mum’s car before high-speed drive through Colchester and crash

SUFFOLK/ESSEX: A young man who stole his mum’s car and sped through an Essex town while disqualified from driving is today awaiting his fate.

Levi Hilden, of Combs Wood Drive, Stowmarket, took his mother’s Ford Focus from her home in Ipswich and then drove through the centre of Colchester at speeds of up to 60mph in zones with 30mph limits.

During the incident on March 31 the 26-year-old also forcefully shunted his car into another vehicle – injuring a driver – before speeding off.

His exploits were tracked by CCTV operators and also took place in front of scores of stunned onlookers.

Hilden appeared at South East Suffolk Magistrates’ Court on Monday. He pleaded guilty to eight offences, including aggravated vehicle taking and dangerous driving, criminal damage and driving while disqualified and without insurance.

Hilden also admitted two separate charges of assault, theft from a motor vehicle and a public order offence.

It is also alleged that Hilden attempted to escape from custody before his court appearance, but he did not enter a plea to the charge.

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Emma Howson, prosecuting, said: “The defendant took his mum’s car from her home in Ipswich and it was spotted later that night in Colchester.

“The car was followed by CCTV cameras which clocked the vehicle as travelling at 60mph in 30mph zones.

“At one junction the defendant drove into Peugeot 206 vehicle. This was described as a forceful shunt and the Peugeot driver sustained injuries.

“There were plenty of people out in Colchester that evening who witnessed this.”

Ms Howson added that checks with the DVLA revealed that Hilden was disqualified from driving at the time of the incident.

He did hold a provisional driving licence but had not displayed ‘L’ plates on the vehicle or had an experienced driver supervising him at the time.

Hilden was remanded in custody to appear at Ipswich Crown Court on July 14.

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