A man who was chased for two miles at high speed by two police cars through Bury St Edmunds has been convicted of dangerous driving and affray.
Dane Satchwell, 29, reached speeds of up to 75mph along roads with a 30mph limit and at one stage drove through a petrol station forecourt to avoid a queue of traffic.
Ipswich Crown Court heard how two police cars, both displaying blue lights and sounding sirens, had pursued Satchwell’s Seat Leon car after seeing it emerge from a car park at a play area.
Lynne Shirley, prosecuting, told the jury that when the car was eventually stopped in Horringer Road, police discovered the man in the front passenger seat was concealing heroin and crack cocaine internally.
Satchwell, of Frampton Park Road, Hackney, admitted that he had not wanted to stop for police because he had a small quanity of cannabis inside the vehicle.
However, no cannabis was found when the car was searched by police officers.
Satchwell pleaded not guilty to dangerous driving on June 2 last year on Cadogan Road, Highbury Road, Prior’s Avenue, West Road, Hospital Road, Petticoat Lane and Horringer Road. He also denied affray.
The court heard that during the incident Satchwell crossed double white lines and came close to losing control of his car on a bend.
Giving evidence, Satchwell denied his driving had been dangerous and said he was unaware his passenger was in possession of illegal Class A drugs. He declined to answer police questions at the time because he was ‘furious’ at the way he had been treated by other officers.
Today (Tuesday) it took the jury two hours to unanimously find Satchwell guilty of dangerous driving and affray. Satchwell was jailed for a total of 16 months by Judge John Devaux and banned from driving for 18 months.