Stinger ends police chase around Southport
An uninsured young motorist who panicked when he saw a police car behind him in Southport led them on a lengthy pursuit.
Officers spotted 23-year-old Wayne Underwood, who also did not have a licence, driving on Scarisbrick New Road in the early hours of the morning, Liverpool Crown Court heard (Friday 25 November).
Underwood, who had a passenger, drove off at 60 mph, twice the speed limit, and during the journey went through red traffic lights and the wrong way round Kew roundabout.
He drove the Ford Fiesta along the Tesco car park access road the wrong way, along Southport Road and along the winding single track roads across the Moss.
During the 20 minute journey he doubled back and again went the wrong way round the Kew roundabout.
Michael Stephenson, prosecuting, said that more officers had become involved and the police helicopter was also deployed. The chase came to end after the police used a stinger device in Marshside Road and he was arrested. When interviewed he made no comment.
Underwood, of Nelson Street, Southport, pleaded guilty to driving dangerously, without a licence and insurance on May 4.
The court heard that he has a previous conviction for house burglary involving taking keys for a car on the driveway and driving off in it. Ironically he crashed it on the same road where his latest offence began.
Rory McCormack, defending, said that Underwood was remorseful. He had panicked on seeing the police car as he knew he did not have the correct documents.
Underwood was sentenced to nine months imprisonment suspended for two years and disqualified from driving for 12 months. He was also ordered to carry out 15 days rehabilitation activity.
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