Driver went on high-speed police chase with pregnant partner and her child in the car – Gazette Live
A young driver fled from police in a high-speed car chase – with his pregnant partner and her child as his passengers, and drugs in his system.
Bradley Parry’s girlfriend sat beside him saying “stop” as he hurtled along at double the speed limit and narrowly avoided hitting a van, Teesside Crown Court heard.
The provisional licence holder said he foolishly decided to get behind the wheel to take his girlfriend to a medical appointment.
Police officers spotted him driving his Vauxhall Astra “erratically” and “at speed”, and decided to pursue the uninsured motorist.
Parry reached 64mph as he zoomed along Fabian Road and Normanby Road and ran red lights as he tried to lose the cop car.
He overtook on Eston High Street and travelled on to the wrong side of the road on Clive Road, said prosecutor Rachel Masters on Tuesday.
He manoeuvred turns to Keats Road, Ambrose Road and Webster Road at about 50mph.
He took a sharp left, mounting a pavement and narrowly avoiding a van.
But he ran into static traffic at lights on High Street, enabling officers to block him in.
Errant motorist hoped to ‘shake off’ police
Police found Parry’s pregnant partner in the front passenger seat and her four-year-old son in the back seat.
Parry said he was taking his girlfriend to the doctor’s and “didn’t want his car to be seized owing to the amount of money he’s spent on it”.
Testing positive for cannabis and cocaine, he told officers he had hoped to “shake off” the police vehicles.
Parry, of Clynes Road, Grangetown , admitted dangerous driving, driving while unfit through drugs, driving without an appropriate licence and having no insurance – his first convictions.
Michele Turner, defending, said Parry had never been in trouble before, did not play down his actions and showed sincere remorse.
She said: “Everything was running late. Everything was delayed. They took the decision of taking the car, a foolish one.
“He did potentially risk his partner, his unborn child and her child. That’s not something he takes lightly.
“The reality is there’s no real reason for the driving.”
Judge Howard Crowson said: “He didn’t want to be caught. That’s why.”
Ms Turner said Parry showed promise, worked and took apprenticeships, undeterred by his ADHD preventing him from joining the Army.
She said he was diagnosed with anxiety after his contact with an older child was “thwarted”, which had a “devastating” effect on his mental health.
She added prison would take Parry away from his now 16-week-old baby and he would not make the same mistake twice.
Judge Crowson told Parry: “You drove down residential streets at more than double the limit.
“Dangerous driving away from police in residential areas causes a real risk to other road users, to pedestrians, to anybody around.
“It risked your partner and it risked her son in the back and the unborn child.
“All of this increased in risk by the fact that you were impaired in your driving by the use of cannabis, albeit at a relatively low level.
“But the reports I’ve read suggest that you don’t pose a risk or danger to the public in the future, providing you accept the help you’re being offered.”
The judge added jail would harm Parry’s partner and the children.
“When I first read this case I expected you to be walking down the stairs at the back,” he told the defendant.
“But having reflected very carefully upon it, I’ve been persuaded not to lock you up today.”
He gave Perry a one-year prison sentence suspended for two years, 20 days’ rehabilitation activity, an attendance centre requirement, an 18-month driving ban and £250 costs.
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