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VIDEO: Double dangerous driver Christopher Wright shunted off road by police on A48

By EchoLauraC  |  Posted: February 03, 2014

  • The moment Christopher Wright was stopped by police on the A48

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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.

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  • ds9074  |  February 04 2014, 11:42PM

    Why are people like this only banned for a period of a few years. Take away the driving licence permanently and never allow them behind the wheel of a car again. Driving is not a right, nor is it a necessity for life.

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  • thestig2  |  February 04 2014, 7:49PM

    if only we had USA or Russian police they would have shot him and saved court costs and future deaths of others that this idiot is going to cause. He always gets caught so why put other lives at risk, man up and face being caught

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  • MrGarnet  |  February 04 2014, 7:20PM

    What is the difference driving like that or going out with a loaded gun? They can both lead to death of innocent people.The punishment should be rest of life in prison or the death penalty before some innocent person is murdered as that is exactly what it is!

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  • zinboya  |  February 04 2014, 6:34PM

    They should have just nuked the little B*****d

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  • SgtPeppered  |  February 04 2014, 6:12PM

    Okay RoadWombat, we get it... You're a copper and the RPU do a good job. Give it a rest.

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  • RoadWombat  |  February 04 2014, 5:42PM

    Sukisuzuki - a good attempt at a wind-up, but failed, I'm afraid. Spindles - no, you're right, the car wasn't impacted at 110 miles per hour. I'm sure I don't need to explain why, do I? Clue- it's safer to wait for a more opportune moment. Police officers, like anyone else, aren't perfect (of course they aren't, they're the same as you or me!) but are asked to do a dangerous job in circumstances that would make the average person blanch. The decision to connect with the offending vehicle isn't made by the driver, but by the control room, weighting up all the facts you mention and then giving authority to do so. The driver then has to make the decision whether it is safe or to proceed and choose his moment. Sometimes he will get it wrong and someone will die. That is a fact and one you have to live with, uncomfortable as it may seem. The difference between him and you is that you are sitting at a computer analysing everything that is done. He has to go through the same process (and take into account far more things than you have even dreamed of) in a split second. And 999 times out of 1000 he gets it right, which is exactly what you've seen here. Just be grateful there are people prepared to do that.

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  • fuldude56  |  February 04 2014, 4:18PM

    Sukisuzuki, can you explain the abuse of police powers in this occasion

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  • Sukisuzuki  |  February 04 2014, 3:53PM

    Can you please be more transparent when reporting, the police were not "forced", they decided to chase him and smash into him. The first police officer who seems to be the one with no sense of timing or concern for other people just butts in, it was like he took it personally,!! Corrupt use of police powers again, tsk, tsk,

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  • BascMember  |  February 04 2014, 3:50PM

    Spindles, a few points. The commentary is given by the Police officer in the passenger seat of the vehicle. The indicated speed that you see on the GPS readout on the vehicle is the speed of the Police car, there is an additional readout display available to the passenger that displays the speed of the car being perused which is not shown in the video. There are some extremely strict guidelines and rules that the Police must adhere to when carrying out these kind of activities, The commentary is necessary as the control room has to give permission for the pursuit to continue, and can at any time order the chase to end. Accidents will and do happen involving marked Police cars as you say, however it's all about risk management. It IS a necessary evil. If the Police did not continue to operate as they currently do I would expect a marked increase in car crime. Your reasoning is well meaning, but fundamentally flawed.

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  • fuldude56  |  February 04 2014, 3:36PM

    Spindles12, here's an idea lets not have the police drive on blue lights in an emergency and let them get to the incident when they are able to with traffic and speed limits....would you be happy if you called in that emergency with police response times Why not stop all pursuits, I know drink drivers would like it, they're seen by the police driving erratically police activate their lights to get the driver to pull over but knowing that the police aren't allowed to pursue they speed off and then hit someone or they haven't hit anyone they go round a friends to sleep of their drink so the police won't catch them at home, what would be your suggestion in stoping drink drivers just speeding away You seem to have an axe to grind with the police (I may be wrong), is your only suggestion to stop all emergency response and pursuits???

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