A teen driver in England who led police on a wild automobile chase — after which tried to faux he wasn’t the driving force of the automobile being pursued — has been sentenced to jail. The pursuit, which ran by way of three Nottinghamshire villages and ended when two police vehicles rammed the fleeing automobile, occurred in September, with the driving force and his passengers being sentenced in a neighborhood courtroom final week.
Nottinghamshire Police shared video of the chase on social media on Dec. 20, together with an account of the chase and its finish.
The suspect, Bill Nicholson, reportedly hit speeds of over 80 mph whereas racing by way of the villages of Ranby, Barnby Moor and Blyth with two passengers on board.
“In a hair-raising display of dangerous driving lasting six minutes, the 18-year-old drove around a blind bend on the wrong side of the road, sped through a red light, took a roundabout the wrong way and nearly slammed into a pedestrian,” police stated. “The disqualified driver also rammed into two police cars, causing significant damage to both vehicles.”
The suspect was stopped when the pair of police vehicles managed to field his automobile in.
“Anxious to avoid arrest, he jumped into the back seat to give the impression he was a passenger and that the driver had fled. But officers saw his deceitful maneuver, which was also captured on police dash-cam footage,” police stated.
Nicholson was arrested and charged with harmful driving, driving whereas disqualified and driving with out insurance coverage.
He subsequently pleaded responsible to the offenses at Nottingham Crown Court and was sentenced to 9 months in jail, suspended for 18 months, and banned from driving for 15 months. “A judge also ordered him to complete a thinking-skills program and 20 rehabilitation days,” authorities stated.
Nicholson was additionally made topic of a three-month tagged curfew order. It was not recognized if Nicholson’s passengers confronted any fees.
“This was, without doubt, the worst standard of driving I’ve ever witnessed in my 17 years as a police officer,” patrolman James McClintock stated. “Nicholson took many, many risks driving how he did and traveling at such speeds, and it was pure luck that no one was hurt. I am just thankful this was late at night when the roads were slightly quieter.
“It’s a reminder to anybody who tries to flee officers that we’re extremely skilled tactical pursuit drivers and when there is a staff of us following them, it is solely a matter of time earlier than their luck runs out.”
This story was offered to Newsweek by Zenger News.