Banned motorist drove along footpath as he fled from police in high-speed chase

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A banned driver bought himself a car shortly after his release from prison and the next day led police on an eight-mile high-speed chase.

Jamie Jones raced through red lights and junctions at speeds touching 70mph before driving down a footpath and becoming wedged in a gate. A judge sent him back to prison when he appeared in court for the 50th time during his criminal career.

Swansea Crown Court heard that on the night of September 9 last year a police officer in Cockett Road in Swansea saw a Peugeot 207 car being driven towards Fforestfach with a flat front tyre. The officer signalled for the vehicle to stop but it did not.

Ashanti-Jade Walton, prosecuting, said the officer put his car’s blue lights on and followed the Peugeot, which being driven by 37-year-old Jones, as it went over Fforestfach Cross and up Ravenhill Road. The officer notified his control room and other units in the area including armed officers in an unmarked car were informed about the incident.

The pursuit continued over Mynydd Cadle common with Jones hitting speeds of 60mph as shot through a red light at the Llangyfelach Road junction. Officers following the defendant said he made no attempt to slow down as he approached the crossroads and it would have been impossible for any vehicles on the main road to see him or stop.

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The court heard that by now the front offside wheel of the Peugeot was running on just its rim and gouging the road surface as Jones drove at 70mph along Vicarage Road to Cwmrhydyceirw and then on Llanllienwen Road and Clydach Road to Morriston.

Miss Walton said once in Morriston Jones drove onto a footpath behind the Lidl supermarket for 100m before his car became wedged in a metal barrier across the path. The police officers who were soon on the scene initially could not get the defendant out of the vehicle because both doors were jammed shut.

Jones was taken to Swansea Central police station where he refused to allow a sample of blood to be taken for analysis. When searched he was found to be in possession of a small quantities of heroin and the heroin substitute Subutex. The defendant gave a “no comment” interview to officers and was released under investigation.

The court heard Jones was charged by post on December 17 and told to appear at Swansea Magistrates’ Court on January 13 but he failed to appear on that date and a warrant was issued. The next day he was arrested in a house in Ynysforgan after a call from a member of the public. He was banned from attending the property by a civil injunction but was found by police hiding behind a curtain.

Jones had been out of prison for around two months when he bought the Peugeot on September 8, the day before the pursuit. The chase itself lasted around 30 minutes and covered a distance of almost eight miles.

Jones, of no fixed abode, had previously pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, driving while disqualified, driving without insurance, failing to provide a specimen, and possession of Class A and C drugs when he appeared in the dock for sentencing.

He has 49 previous convictions for 125 offences including for thefts, motoring offences, burglary, possession of a bladed article, and escaping lawful custody.

Andrew Evans, for Jones, said the defendant had “underlying mental and physical health issues” for which he had been self-medicating with controlled substances.

He said following his release from prison in July last year he had lived for a short period in a hotel Ebbw Vale to be near his father before returning to Swansea, recommencing a “toxic relationship”, and “falling back in company with his old peer group”.

Recorder Malcolm Gibney told Jones it was a matter of good fortune that nobody had been injured by his driving on the night in question.

He said he recognised the defendant had a drug problem but told him he was the only one who do something about that and he said the court’s priority was protecting the public.

Jones was sentenced to a total of 12 months in prison and was disqualified from driving for two years with the ban extended by six months to take into account the time he will be behind bars before he is released on licence.



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