A man who took police on a high speed car chase along the A41 near Hemel Hempstead hitting speeds of more than 90 mph was jailed for 12 months today.
On Thursday, March 25, Jude Johnny, 28, drove the wrong way on slip roads, went through red traffic lights and smashed into a police vehicle when he found himself boxed in.
Today when he appeared at St Albans Crown Court, Judge Michael Kay QC told him: “If you had collided with anyone at speed you might have killed somebody.”
Johnny’s driving followed a furious argument with his partner when he’d thrown a clothes horse in her kitchen damaging a wall.
After midnight Jude was seen in his Audi hurtling down the A41 towards the M25.
A police crew in a marked car on the road activated the blue lights and siren.
In the pursuit the defendant lost control of the car after slamming on the brakes on a road.
It then rejoined the A41 and headed towards the M25.
On reaching the roundabout at the junction to join the motorway, Johnny drove through a red light
It was here that a number of police cars surrounded the Audi and one officer got out of his vehicle to speak to the defendant.
The court was told the officer had to jump back in his car as the Audi suddenly was driven towards him and smashed into his vehicle.
Judge Kay was told Johnny then got onto the M25 before joining the M1
At junction 8 he took the exit for Hemel Hempstead, but did a U turn on the road and then with the lights of the car turned off, headed back towards the M1.
An officer took the decision to drive into the defendant’s car to stop it going any further.
Johnny of Rannoch Close, Edgeware appeared for sentence today having been committed in custody for sentence by magistrates for dangerous driving, driving with no insurance and criminal damage concerning the throwing of the clothes horse.
His offending that night also meant he was in breach of a six month conditional discharge handed out to him in January of this year for criminal damage.
His Barrister Christopher Hewitson told the court: “He is very sorry for the risk he caused on these roads.”
He said Johnny had been upset that night when told by his partner to get out of her home.
Passing sentence Judge Kay told him: “You were angry and emotional on that day, but it’s no excuse whatsoever.”
He jailed Johnny for a total of 12 months telling him he would have to serve half in custody before he can be released on licence.
Johnny was also disqualified for driving for three years and five months.