Man drove down A45 near Northampton at more than 100mph in bid to escape from police

Rodney Brain drove at 100m,ph on the A45 before travelling through a red light after he took the Riverside Retail Park exit
Rodney Brain drove at 100m,ph on the A45 before travelling through a red light after he took the Riverside Retail Park exit

A driver who drove along the A45 near Northampton at more than 100mph and then through a red traffic light has avoided a jail sentence.

Rodney Brain, aged 37, attempted to get away from a police officer who had indicated for him to pull over in Bedford Road, Northampton, on October 15 last year.

Crown Court GV'

Crown Court GV'

Northampton Crown Court heard Brain, who was driving a red Rover, travelled on to the A45 at the Barnes Meadow roundabout and then accelerated around two lorries.

The court heard that Brain left the dual-carriageway at the Riverside Retail Park exit and then travelled through a set of red lights.

Jenna Allen, prosecuting, said Brain came to a halt and jumped out of his vehicle after driving down a dead-end in the retail park.

Mrs Allen said officers could smell alcohol on his breath and he was found to be driving with false number plates.

After hearing that Brain was progressing well with a community order, Recorder William Mousley QC decided to give him a non-custodial sentence.

Brain, of Oxford Night Shelter, was sentenced to an 18-month community order including six-month drug rehabilitation requirement. He was disqualified from driving for a year. He must pay the victim surcharge of £60.

Brain pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, failed to provide a specimen of breath, failing to stop and driving without any insurance.