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Police rammed banned driver

POLICE deliberately rammed a banned driver in an attempt to bring a high speed chase to an end.

The officers hoped to make Jack Brennan, aged 19, spin onto a grass verge by making contact with the back of his Vauxhall Vectra, however he handled the spin and raced away again.

Brennan, of Long Row, Llanelli, admitted dangerous driving, driving while disqualified, failing to stop for a police officer and driving without insurance.

Craig Jones, prosecuting, told Swansea crown court how police saw the Vectra at Trostre roundabout late on February 17 being driven without any lights on.

The officers signalled for Brennan to stop but he sped off.

During the next few minutes he swerved through ‘no entry’ signs, dashed through cross roads without giving way to on coming traffic and almost hit railings after losing control.

Mr Jones said Brennan reached 55mph along narrow residential roads and the officers became so worried they tried to force him off the road.

The chase came to an end when Brennan suddenly stopped, got out of the Vectra and knelt on the ground with his arms in the air.

After his arrest Brennan told police he had panicked because he knew he had already been banned from driving. Mr Jones said Brennan already had two convictions for dangerous driving.

Brennan’s barrister, John Hipkin, said his driving record was appalling and only one sentence could follow. He said Brennan intended leaving the area after his release from prison.

Judge Paul Thomas said he doubted the citizens of Llanelli would miss him.

“For a nineteen year old you have a very bad driving record. This is the third time in little over a year you have been before the court for dangerous driving and the fourth time for driving while disqualified.

“You took a risk with other people’s lives at almost every junction you passed.

“You have not yet killed or injured someone but in my opinion it is only a matter of time before you do,” he added.

Disqaulifications ‘did not work’, said the judge, because Brennan simply ignored them.

Brennan was jailed for 40 weeks and banned from driving for three years. Judge Thomas also ordered the confiscation of the Vauxhall Vectra.

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