Fears of breath test failure led to 100mph car chase through Bury

Daniel Lyons admitted dangerous driving
Daniel Lyons admitted dangerous driving

A man who feared he would fail a roadside breath test drove at 100mph through residential streets in an attempt to avoid police, a court has heard.

Daniel Lyons, 35, who sped along 30mph speed limit roads in Bury St Edmunds, was jailed yesterday at Ipswich Crown Court for 10 months.

Lyons, of Nowton Road, Bury, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving.

Sentencing Lyons, Judge Emma Peters described his driving as having been ‘grossly irresponsible’.

Emma Nash, prosecuting, said that on July 20, police officers on patrol in Bury St Edmunds had spotted Lyons driving a Vauxhall Corsa at 60mph in a 30mph limit.

As they tried to get Lyons to stop by using blue lights and siren he increased his speed to between 80mph and 100mph, overtaking a car on a blind bend, going the wrong side of a bollard and crossing mini roundabouts at high speed.

Miss Nash said the chase came to an end when Lyons drove into a dead end road.

Following Lyons’ arrest a breath test proved to be negative but he was found to have cocaine in his system. Miss Nash said Lyons admitted having taken the drug several days earlier.

Appearing for Lyons, Paul Donegan said his client had panicked when he saw the police car as he had been drinking earlier that day and was fearful of failing a breath test.

Mr Donegan said Lyons had a history of drug use but had not taken any substances since July.

Judge Peters said it was ‘pure good fortune’ there had been no collision resulting in serious injuries or even deaths.

Lyons was also disqualified from driving for two years and told he must take an extended re-test before being allowed to regain his licence.