Stolen lorry got stuck in the mud

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POLICE chased a stolen lorry and trailer at up to twice the speed limit until it became stuck in a field, a court heard.

Police officers spotted Charlie Swallow as he travelled at 60mph, twice the speed limit, on the A1088 and through Norton in the early hours of October 20, Ipswich Crown Court was told on Wednesday.

They gave chase but Swallow, 22, began swerving from side to side to prevent his pursuers passing and refused to stop.

Prosecutor Michael Crimp said that at times the catering trailer was swinging so violently it appeared to be at risk of overturning. Swallow only briefly went back to his side of the road when an articulated lorry came the other way.

Then the stolen lorry and trailer turned on to the westbound A14 and travelled as far as Haughley Park, where it suddenly veered off and continued erratically along the A1308 towards Stowmarket, said Mr Crimp

Swallow then turned on to the old slip road, which had been blocked off, and travelled about 40ft across a field, finally stopping when the lorry became stuck in mud.

Mr Crimp said Swallow, of Barnstaple Road, Romford, ran off but was arrested nearby.

The lorry had been hot wired and stolen from Bridge Farm, in Ixworth Road, Stowlangtoft, where bolt cutters had been used to get through a barrier.

Inside the trailer were found a Harley-Davidson motorcycle worth £5,500 and a Kawasaki trials motorcycle, both of which had been stolen from Bridge Farm.

Swallow pleaded guilty to theft of a lorry and trailer, theft of a motorcycle, burglary and dangerous driving.

Laura Kenyon, in mitigation, said Swallow accepted his behaviour had been unacceptable and said he had expressed remorse and regret.

Judge Peter Fenn sentenced Swallow to a total of 16 months imprisonment and banned him from driving for two years. He will have to take an extended retest to regain a licence after that ban expires.