Rhyl man jailed for two years following high-speed chase

Published date: 29 July 2014 |
Published by: Dean Jones 
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A RHYL man who led Police on a high-speed chase when over the limit has been jailed for two years.

Steven Herbert Brown, aged 30, of Bath Street, reached speeds of up to 90mph on the A55 motorway, the A524, the B5429 and St Asaph Business Park on Thursday, June 26 in a stolen vehicle, which belonged to his ex-girlfriend’s father.

Brown admitted to dangerous driving, drink driving, failing to stop and driving away without payment for fuel.

Judge Philip Hughes said at Mold Crown Court: “It was more by good luck than anything else that no one was injured as a result of what you did.

“You drove dangerously at excessive speed, you drove on the wrong side of the road, you went around a roundabout the wrong way, you had been drinking to excess and you had a passenger with you. This was a deliberate plan to try and evade the police.”

At one stage during the pursuit, which involved two police cars and the helicopter support unit, Brown reversed aggressively into one of the cars, and abandoned the stolen vehicle trying to make his escape on foot.

Officers found Brown hiding under some nearby bushes and had 67 microgrammes of alcohol in his breath, almost twice the limit of 35.

In addition to his two year sentence, Brown, who had 72 previous convictions, was banned from driving for three years and ordered to take an extended driving test.

Simon Rogers, defending, said that his client was pragmatic and the only question for the court was how long the prison sentence should be.

At the time Brown had been drinking too much following difficulties between him and a former partner, with whom he had three children.

Mr Rogers said: “My client has got to the stage where he must make real changes in his life-style. I ask you not to pass a sentence which would crush his ambitions to make a clean start on his release.”

Brown is believed to be in a new relationship and was planning to make a new start in the Stockport area on his release.

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