Drink-driver hid in pile of manure to evade police


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A drink-driver attempted to escape police by fleeing his stricken car and taking refuge in a giant pile of dung, a court has heard.

Jake Hart, 22, from Blurton, Stoke-on-Trent, failed to stop for police on April 12 this year when they noticed the Peugeot he was driving had a faulty brake light.

When officers sounded the sirens and flashed their blue lights, Hart sped off, hitting speeds of up to 90mph, mounting the pavement and travelling so fast over speed bumps that the Peugeot he had just purchased left the ground and "flew through the air," according to police in the pursuing vehicle.

The officers were forced to abandon the chase for safety reasons after Hart traversed a roundabout on the wrong side of the road and drove the wrong way around 'keep left' bollards. Another police vehicle soon took over the pursuit.

Hart refused to slow down after the second vehicle joined the chase and moments later, he crashed into a parked car where he and his passenger abandoned the vehicle and fled the scene on foot.

However, Hart was shortly discovered hiding in the pile of manure in Longton Park, telling officers: "I have got to try and get away. I nearly had you," reported the Daily Mail.

The defendant revealed in an interview with police that he tried to evade the officers because he had just bought the car and he knew they would confiscate it from him. He also admitted that he didn't have a license and he knew he shouldn't have been driving.

Hart also gave a reading of 47 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath - 12 micrograms above the limit of 35.

He was sentenced to six months in jail and was banned from driving for a year at Stoke Crown Court. He will also have to sit an extended test before he can drive again.

Sentencing Judge David Fletcher said: "If you had just been stopped for no brake lights you would have been over the limit with no insurance, but would not have been facing a prison sentence.

"This was a chase over a comparatively lengthy period," reported the Mirror.co.uk.