High driver who sped wrong way up dual carriageway walks free
The incident happened in Cheltenham in June last year when uninsured and unlicensed Lodge refused to stop for police because he thought he would fail an alcohol breath test.
Lodge then sparked a high-speed police pursuit that saw speeds of 85mph reached on a 40mph road, red lights jumped and kerbs hit. All the while, the hapless driver admitted to smoking marijuana during the chase.
Police failed to stop the runaway BMW with a stinger device and the pursuit eventually halted when Lodge jumped out of the car at a petrol station in Gloucester and attempted to flee on foot. Ironically, Lodge passed the breath test.
Recorder David Bartlett spared the driver immediate jail sentence at Gloucester Crown Court (pictured) after concluding he needed help to reform. Instead, he was given a ten-month jail term, suspended for 18 months.
Posing for photographers outside of court, Lodge said, "I'm a lucky boy" after dodging the jail terms. He will be banned from driving for three years, ordered to do 60 hours unpaid work and attend a 22-day 'thinking skills' programme.
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