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Man jailed after stolen car chase
8:00am Sunday 22nd September 2013 in News
A MAN led police on an 80mph chase in a stolen car which continued even after he burst a tyre.
Warren Rutherford, aged 20, of Chestnut Close, Hampton, Evesham, only gave up after officers rammed the car, a judge at Warwick Crown Court heard.
He had pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicle taking, failing to stop when required to do so, dangerous driving, driving while disqualified and driving with excess alcohol.
He was jailed for 20 months, disqualified for three years and ordered to take an extended retest before he can get a licence.
Prosecutor Richard Franck said police cameras picked up a stolen Toyota Auris heading along Evesham Road towards Stratford in July. Four people were in the car but when an officer pulled up next to it, Rutherford sped off.
A marked police car pursued him into Stratford where he went the wrong way down a oneway street and through several sets of red traffic lights at up to 80mph, at about 7.30pm.
Passengers were seen to throw glasses out of the vehicle before police “made tactical contact with the vehicle” to stop it. The four occupants ran off but Rutherford was caught and arrested.
Rutherford had previous convictions for offences including aggravated vehicle taking.
Belinda Ariss, defending, said: “Unfortunately Mr Rutherford is no stranger to the courts. He is racking up a number of convictions.
When he has had a drink he gets into the wrong crowd and commits offences.
“On this Sunday he had just got back from the Global Gathering [festival], so had been drinking for several days. He didn’t take the car, but was given it knowing it had been stolen.”
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