Joyrider goaded police to chase him
A DRUNKEN joyrider caused an estimated £50,000 of damage in a 100mph police chase and then asked if his antics would be on TV, a court heard.Terrance Stocks, 18, went on the rampage across Essex and Suffolk, ramming a police car in the process after stealing his mum's car on September 1.
A DRUNKEN joyrider caused an estimated £50,000 of damage in a 100mph police chase and then asked if his antics would be on TV, a court heard.
Terrance Stocks, 18, went on the rampage across Essex and Suffolk, ramming a police car in the process after stealing his mum's car on September 1.
After taking the Ford Mondeo, the teenager burst into Clacton Police Station and goaded officers to chase him, Chelmsford Crown Court was told.
They pursued him at speeds of around 100mph as he weaved across lanes to stop them getting past.
Even when he lost a tyre he still drove as fast as he could with sparks flying from the wheel, the court heard.
Stocks, from Colchester, finally pulled over just north of Ipswich. The court heard that when he tried to flee, police stopped him with a Tasar stun gun.
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He was handed a 12 month prison sentence and banned from driving for three years.
Richard Stevens, prosecuting, told how Stocks took the car from his mother's home in Colchester at 11pm and ran into Clacton Police Station at 12.30am saying he had stolen a car before running out again.
Mr Stevens said that police officers followed him along the A120 onto the A12 and clocked Stocks driving at 100mph. The court heard his car was weaving across both lanes of the dual carriageway.
Stocks also drove at 60mph in a 30mph zone, swerving onto the wrong side of the road, on one occasion clipping the kerb causing the tyre to puncture.
When the police car overtook Stocks' car on a slip road he rammed into the back of it and tried to get past. Officers managed to force the car to stop but Stocks leapt out and jumped onto the bonnet of the police car with fists clenched.
Mr Stevens said: “His comments included 'Am I going to be on telly? How many of you lot did it take? How many cars did I take out?' The comments were made whilst laughing.”
A breath test revealed he had 73 mg of alcohol in 100ml of breath - more than double the drink-drive limit.
The £50,000 relates to alleged damage to the police vehicle. Two officers suffered injuries to their back and neck.
Stocks admitted drink-driving, aggravated vehicle taking without consent, driving while disqualified and having no insurance at Colchester Magistrates' Court last month.
Hendrika Plomp, mitigating, said Stocks was a fully qualified chef but currently unemployed and had begun abusing alcohol at the end of 2007.
She said he had explained his behaviour as a cry for attention after being disowned by his father and said he was “genuinely remorseful”.