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Old Hill motorist jailed after high speed police chase
2:44pm Tuesday 1st October 2013 in News
AN eagle-eyed off duty policeman rumbled an Old Hill man who set fire to his car to destroy evidence linking him to a car crash following a high speed chase, a court heard.
Christopher Rose climbed into a police compound and set for to his Rover, which he had bought for £280 and abandoned after it hit a Peugeot, pushing it into a wall.
The off-duty officer was cycling past the yard in Lakemore Road when he saw the 25-year-old, whom he recognised, clambering out with the car’s steering wheel under his jacket.
Kevin Jones, prosecuting, said Rose, of Heathfield Close, ran off, but was arrested and bailed.
Five days later he was involved in a high speed police pursuit during which he drove a Ford Focus through traffic lights on red, undertook vehicles, drove onto the pavement and finally crashed into a taxi, slightly injuring a 16-year-old passenger.
Rose, who has 36 previous convictions, ran away from the scene, but was caught after a short chase, Wolverhampton Crown Court was told.
He admitted driving dangerously and attempting to pervert the course of justice by setting the vehicle on fire, for which he was jailed for 26 months and banned from driving for three years.
Blondelle Thompson, defending, said all the offending by Rose was linked to his drug abuse but he hoped to be drug free by the time he is released from prison.
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