POLICE were forced to smash into a driver’s car at high speed to stop him during a 15-mile 110mph chase.
And just six months later, while on bail for that offence, Christopher Wright was at it again – driving at speeds of up to 70mph in Cinderford.
Yesterday, Wright was jailed for two-and-a-half years for the offences.
The court heard that during the first incident, on July 30 last year, officers had to smash into his Ford Puma to stop him following a 15 mile pursuit, which saw him reach speeds of nearly 110mph.
Prosecutor Martin Steen said Wright, of High Street, Cinderford, was seen driving by police without his seat belt.
He told the court Weight had put his thumb up to officers indicating he would stop when they tried to pull him over on the Northern Bypass of the A40 at around 9.40am.
But instead Wright said he panicked, knowing he was not insured, and sped down the A40, through Over and onto the A48 where he raced through Ministerworth before he was eventually shunted off the road near Newnham-on-Severn.
Video of the chase showed him swerving through traffic, narrowly missing several HGVs, driving on the wrong side of the road and narrowly missing head-on collisions.
Police tracker dogs then managed to chase him down and arrest him.
On January 6 this year, he took police on another chase, while possibly drunk, at speeds up to 72mph in the heart of Cinderford at around 1am. The court heard he clipped a kerb and narrowly missed parked cars while he raced through narrow Cinderford streets.
Mr Steen said Wright even carried on driving despite police laying two stingers laid in the road, leaving him with three punctured tyres, before the Ford Fiesta eventually came to a halt in Whimsey Road.
He said his eyes were glazed and around £70 worth of cannabis were found on him and at his home that day, but Wright refused to give police a specimen.
Gloucester Crown Court heard that he “demonstrated a complete disregard for the safety of other road users” on both occasions.
Jailing Wright, and banning him from driving for four years, Judge Alistair McGrigor told Wright he had put lives in danger on both occasions.
He will have to undergo an extended driving test before driving again.
As well as two counts of dangerous driving, Wright also admitted driving without insurance and failing to stop on July 30 last year. He further pleaded guilty to having no insurance, driving not in accordance with a licence, refusing a specimen test and possession of cannabis during the second offence.