A learner driver has been sentenced to six months at a young offenders’ institute after taking Lincolnshire police on a chase, with their vehicle travelling at speeds of up to 120 mph.
Aaron Wintin, just 17 at the time of his offence, appeared before Lincoln Crown Court this week (April 28th) and pleaded guilty to a range of offences including dangerous driving, failing to stop, driving without insurance and driving with a provisional licence while unsupervised.
The young motorist attracted the attention of the constabulary as he drove his BMW south along the A15 from the outskirts of Sleaford before joining the A17.
Despite police warnings to pull over, the young man sped off with four other young passengers in his vehicle, achieving speeds of up to 120 mph as he attempted to evade being taken into custody.
The resulting chase saw Wintin speed along the A607 through Normanton and Carlton Scroop before police were able to deploy a stinger device and puncture the vehicle’s tyres.
This did not stop the defendant from attempting to carry on though, as he drove a short distance thereafter at speeds in excess of 70 mph before being apprehended by officers.
His passengers were in a state of terror when the police made their arrest.
Recorder Allan Dooley told the learner driver defendant: “This was an appalling piece of driving. The speed you drove at was excessive in the extreme. It is just a matter of luck that you are not standing here to be sentenced for causing death by dangerous driving.”
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