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Barry Chambers crashed frail elderly couple's car after police chase through Gloucester

By Ben_Falconer  |  Posted: March 28, 2014

Barry Chambers

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BARRY Chambers stole a frail elderly couple’s car and led police on a high speed chase around Gloucester before crashing it and running off.

Magistrates heard this morning that the driver left the keys in his Mitsubishi Galant as he helped his disabled wife out of the car in Tredworth High Street on Thursday, March 27.

But Chambers, 35, saw the keys in the ignition and jumped in - he told police he took the car because he wanted to see his sons.

Chambers hit national headlines in 2006 when he caused £60,000-worth of damage to a house's roof during a 20 hour siege in Midland Road, Gloucester, which only ended after police gave him KFC and Coke.

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“An elderly male told police he left his vehicle outside his house whilst he assisted his disabled and frail wife,” said Dafydd Paxton, prosecuting at Cheltenham Magistrates’ Court.

“He left the keys in the ignition. That was the last time he saw his car and he reported it stolen to police.”

Officers spotted the car in Tredworth just after 4pm, said Mr Paxton.

“The area was searched by officers and when they saw the car, tried to stop it,” Mr Paxton said.

“The defendant’s reaction was to drive from them at speed. a high speed pursuit in a residential area followed and at times he hit 50mph in a 30mph zone.

“The danger to life and limb was clearly not important.

“At one point he forced a van from the road and he continued to drive across two footpaths and over a grass bank. He crashed the car, leaving it with smoke coming from under the bonnet and he ran away. He was apprehended by police.

“In a police interview he characterised the driving as ‘careless’ which was a somewhat generous observation.”

Mr Paxton said Chambers, a father of two, had been jailed five times since 2006 for similar and other offences.

Safina Din, defending, said Chambers accepted full responsibility.

“He said he took the opportunity,” she said. “He accepts it was stupid but he wanted to see his children.

“The temptation was too strong.”

She said although unemployed, he is taking courses to try and improve his job prospects.

Chambers, of Brook Street, Gloucester, admitted charges of aggravated vehicle taking, dangerous driving, driving while disqualified and driving without insurance.

He was remanded in custody by magistrates, who told him he will be sentenced at Gloucester Crown Court on May 2.

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  • Raccoon  |  March 29 2014, 3:30PM

    Are we sure that this happened at 4pm on March 27th (i.e. only two days ago)? That seems very quick, and justice is rarely that quick. Has anyone else noticed that some girl has had a family with him? At least two sons. Bless.

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  • toadhall99  |  March 29 2014, 11:40AM

    This person has done nothing with his life but cause law abiding people large financial cost and heart ache. Time the law got tough and make an example of him...

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  • cityboy1981  |  March 28 2014, 11:29PM

    reward him with some southern fried chicken

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  • GlosAnarchy  |  March 28 2014, 11:06PM

    Again we are looking at another bright spark that needs to be sent down!

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  • lewipaul  |  March 28 2014, 10:54PM

    Never mind he will soon be doing yoof work and become a pillar of society.

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  • Peter_Parker  |  March 28 2014, 5:37PM

    Watchoo talkin' about Willis ?!

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