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BEHIND BARS: Hemel Hempstead man jailed for driving offences after evading police during car chase

 Published on: 26th October 2022   |   By: News Bulletin   |   Category: Uncategorized

A Hemel Hempstead man has been jailed after pleading guilty to dangerous driving, and other driving offences, following an incident in the town on Wednesday, October 12.

Ben Wilde, aged 24, of Oak Street, appeared at Stevenage Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, October 25 where he pleaded guilty to driving dangerously, driving while disqualified, failing to stop for police and driving a vehicle uninsured.

He was sentenced to a year in prison, ordered to pay a £187 victim surcharge, banned from driving for 42 months and required to then pass an extended driving test.

Around 2.30pm on Wednesday, October 12, officers attempted to stop a blue Citroen Picasso in Warners End.

The vehicle came to a halt on Long Chaulden, at the Boxted Road junction, and attempts were made to arrest the driver, however despite efforts to stop the vehicle then moving on, it was driven away from the scene.

A search of the area, including the use of the police helicopter, resulted in the vehicle being found abandoned on Pipit Walk.

Detective Sergeant Paul Burton, of the Local Crime Unit, said: “Following this incident, enquires to identify and locate the driver were successful which resulted in the arrest and charge of Ben Wilde.

“Thankfully nobody was injured during the incident, however the manner of his driving on that day put the safety of members of the community at risk. He will now have time to reflect on his actions.”

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