Jilted father’s night of chaos

A BANNED driver who sped through a busy town centre during a police chase has been jailed.

Levi Hilden, of Combs Wood Drive, Stowmarket, was driving his mother’s car, which he had taken without consent, when he fled from police and rammed another car.

The 26-year-old father of one pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicle taking, dangerous driving, criminal damage, driving while disqualified, driving with no insurance, using threatening behaviour, two offences of assault and one theft charge.

Judge John Holt jailed Hilden for a total of two years and five months at Ipswich Crown Court on Tuesday.

The court heard how Hilden sped through an area of Colchester which was ‘teeming’ with pedestrians at between 55mph and 60mph on March 31 with police in pursuit. He ignored red lights and lost officers when he switched off his lights.

Two hours later he reappeared in Ipswich where he assaulted a man and woman at a petrol station, jumped on their car bonnet, kicked in the windscreen and stole a handbag from inside.

Hilden was arrested on July 2 but while receiving hospital treatment he escaped and was at large for an hour.

Robert Sadd, prosecuting, said Hilden was involved in an ‘altercation’ outside a Colchester nightclub and came to the attention of police. He refused to stop for police, escaped a roadblock by driving on the pavement and rammed a car to escape. The driver of the car sustained a shoulder injury.

Joanney Eley, defending, said Hilden had been going through a difficult time following the break-up of a relationship and had been taking cocaine and drinking. She said: “He got himself into such a state that he didn’t care what he did or who he hurt. He realises with hindsight that it is not the way to behave.”

At court, Hilden asked for another offence of theft to be taken into account and admitted breaching a 24-week suspended sentence imposed last year for driving while disqualified.