Dangerous driver who sped at 110mph on A45 in Northampton jailed for 15 months

Crown Court GV
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A 20-year-old man who drove a BMW at speeds of up to 110mph on the A45 in Northampton in an attempt to get away from a police car has been given a 15-month jail sentence.

Stuart Hutchings was spotted driving erratically on the dual-carriageway on June 14 this year at 4.15pm.

Northampton Crown Court heard a police car turned its lights and sirens on and indicated for Hutchings to stop the vehicle.

However, Hutchings accelerated sharply in an eastbound direction in an attempt to get away from the police.

Rachel Law, prosecuting, said the car was clocked travelling at a speed of 110mph and travelled at 90mph up a slip road off the A45 at Crow Lane.

Ms Law said: “Both lanes of traffic coming up to the roundabout were full of stationary traffic so he drove up the kerb and onto the grass verge.

“He then travelled on the wrong side of the road and forced cars to brake hard and swerve to avoid a collision.”

The court heard that Hutchings continued to travel at speeds of 60mph along the single carriageway road Ravens Way.

The BMW eventually came to a halt after he hit the kerb and the car ended up in some undergrowth.

Hutchings, who pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, was arrested at the scene and was found to have no driving licence or insurance.

Alison Hollis, mitigating, said: “He is very apologetic for his actions and realises it could have had very serious consequences.”

Judge Lynn Tayton, sentencing, said the danger Hutchings posed to the public was “substantial.”

Hutchings was given a 14-month jail sentence and an extra month for a breach of a community order given for stealing a bicycle.

He was banned from driving for two years and eight months.