Banned driver in high-speed chase around Weston-super-Mare
By Prue_Reid | Thursday, September 20, 2012, 09:47
A banned driver took his girlfriend's car for a spin and ended up driving around Weston-super-Mare at twice the speed limit as he was pursued by police.
Bristol Crown Court heard how Nicholas Scrivens, aged 35, of Church Street, Banwell, was fixing the electrics on his partner Nicole Sharpe's Fiat Punto on September 1.
But late that night, having told her he would not drive it as he was banned and uninsured, he got behind the wheel.
Prosecuting yesterday, Nadeem Aullybocus said at 10.55pm that night Sgt Daniels saw the Fiat being driven on Church Street and put on his blue lights.
But Scrivens did not pull over and sped up to 60mph in the residential area, with the police car behind him. When he turned down a street that was busy with pedestrians, Sgt Daniels then turned on his sirens as he again tried to get Scrivens to stop.
He called for back-up and when Scrivens stopped at red lights on Moor Lane, another officer used a BMW police car to block his path.
But Scrivens still moved forward and damaged one of the police car's rear doors. Officers then dragged him out of the Punto as he refused to get out, the court was told.
In police interview, Scrivens said he had not deliberately rammed the car and had been trying to pull away as the lights changed green. He also said he did not know why he had not stopped for the officers.
The court heard he caused about £1,500 worth of damage to his girlfriend's Fiat and about £2,500 to the police car.
Scrivens admitted driving while disqualified, without insurance and aggravated vehicle taking.
In February 2011 and April 2012 Scrivens was convicted of driving while disqualified and received further bans.
Mitigating, James Tucker said his client had a drug problem and was seeking help.
He described what Scrivens did as 'very dangerous' and said: "It was an ugly piece of driving."
He said his client had planned to drive to a nearby car park to test the electrics were working before his girlfriend finished work for the night.
Mr Tucker also told the court that since being seriously injured in an attack, Scrivens had struggled to make the correct choices in life.
The Recorder of Bristol, Judge Neil Ford QC, took into account his previous convictions for driving while disqualified and without insurance as he jailed him for six months, to run after the suspended sentence he is currently serving expires.
He also banned Scrivens from driving for a further two years.