Man drove along footpath as he tried to evade police, court told

Ipswich Crown Court
Ipswich Crown Court

A man who drove along a footpath as he tried to evade police has been banned from driving for three years.

Nigel Pinney, 53, was being followed by police who spotted him driving through a red traffic light in Stowmarket on May 21, Ipswich Crown Court heard on Thursday.

After being followed through Stowmarket, Combs and Great Finborough at speeds of up to 50mph, Pinney turned into The Chestnuts, in Great Finborough, where he drove along a footpath into Middlefield Drive before a second police car blocked his way.

Michael Crimp, prosecuting, said Pinney appeared to have been drinking but refused to take a breath test.

While in police custody, Pinney, who was convicted of drink driving in 2009, again refused to take a breath test.

Pinney received a 12 month community order and was banned from driving for three years. He must participate in a 10 day rehabilitation activity course.

Pinney, of Oak Close, Great Finborough, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving and failing to provide a specimen of breath for analysis.

Edward Renvoize, in mitigation, said Pinney had not driven at high speed.