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Police chase drink driver from Great Finborough jailed

Ipswich Crown Court ANL-140617-141524001
Ipswich Crown Court ANL-140617-141524001

A drink-driver from Great Finborough who collided with a car during a police chase was jailed today for nine months.

Father of two Christopher Mayes, 36, of Boundary Cottages, had pleaded guilty to dangerous driving at an earlier hearing at Ipswich Crown Court.

On February 22, Mayes, who was then disqualified from driving, had been spotted by police officers in Stowmarket so they began to follow him.

Mayes was chased along St Edmunds Road, Kingsmead Road, Silverdale Avenue, Windermere Road, Onehouse Road, Union Road, Starhouse Lane and Finborough Road, said Marc Brown, prosecuting.

During the pursuit Mayes collided with another car. When he was finally stopped he was found to be over the drink drive limit, said Mr Brown.

The court heard that Mayes had two previous convictions for drink-driving offences.

Appearing for Mayes, Matthew Sorel-Cameron said it was accepted that his client had a poor driving record.

Mayes had two young children and was a full-time carer for his elderly mother, the court heard. He had never before served a custodial sentence.

When Mayes first appeared in court in early September, he was warned by Judge David Goodin that an immediate prison sentence was a possibility.

Sentencing had been adjourned until today to allow the preparation of a pre-sentence report by the Probation Service.

In addition to being jailed, Mayes was disqualified from driving for 42 months and ordered to pay a £100 victim surcharge.


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