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‘RECKLESS BEHAVIOUR’: Man jailed for dangerous driving and vehicle theft in Chalfont St Giles

 Published on: 3rd May 2024   |   By: Annabel Stock   |   Category: Uncategorized

A man has been jailed for two incidents of dangerous driving and vehicle theft in Chalfont St Giles.

A judge sentenced Tommy Coates, 24, of Mansion Lane, Iver, to two years in prison and disqualified him from driving for four years and eight months at Reading Crown Court on April 12. Coates will also have to take an extended retest to get his licence back.

Coates pleaded guilty to two counts each of dangerous driving and driving without insurance, three counts of vehicle theft, and one count of driving whilst disqualified at the same hearing.

In November of last year, Coates was charged for stealing and driving a Ford Transit van while uninsured and then ramming the van into a police vehicle before running away.

Just over a month later, while on conditional court bail for these offences, Coates broke into a storage yard on Amersham Road, Chalfont St Giles, at around 11pm on December 13.

Officers arrived as Coates was about to leave inside a stolen Isuzu lorry, which he was disqualified from driving.

An officer drew their Taser and ordered Coates to get out of the vehicle, but he ignored the demand and drove at him instead, narrowly avoiding colliding into the officer and the police vehicles.

Coates then drove extremely dangerously while being pursued by officers, including driving on the wrong side of the road, narrowly missing other vehicles and speeding on Amersham Road and through Chalfont St Giles.

At one point, Coates stopped by the junction with Lower Road, possibly to try to detach the trailer from the cab, but he got back in the lorry when he saw police and carried on driving an unstable vehicle.

Coates continued driving for another hour before eventually stopping and being arrested. He was charged with further offences the next day.

Detective Constable Lauren Rose said: “Tommy Coates showed a complete lack of regard for others during both of these dangerous driving incidents; demonstrated by his manner of driving, causing extensive damage to the vehicle stolen as well as the police vehicles.

“It is fortunate Coates did not cause a collision and hurt someone, or even worse, through his reckless behaviour.”

 Photo credit: TVP

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