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SUSPENDED SENTENCE: Speeding Garston learner driver sentenced for dangerous driving 

 Published on: 5th February 2021   |   By: News Bulletin   |   Category: Uncategorized

Learner driver Jack Hosier from Garston sped off when police officers in an unmarked car in Bricket Wood told him to stop.

Hosier, 22, was not displaying L-plates on his blue Fiesta, when the police pulled up alongside him on the A405.

They pursued him through residential areas and country lanes, where he reached speeds of up to 100mph, St Albans Crown Court heard on Friday.

He managed to lose the police car, but his mother was called and the next day Hosier handed himself in.

In court his lawyer said that earlier in the journey Hosier had been threatened by a group in another car in balaclavas and believed the officers were those men.

The chase began at around half past six in the evening on June 23 last year. He went into Old Watford Road at 60 miles per hour and turned into Broad Acre at speed where a member of the public had to run out of the way.

In Oakwood Road he passed the shops at 70 mph in a 30 zone, passing parked cars and forcing other drivers to stop. He went past a line of traffic in West Riding, again at 70mph before going onto Lye Lane, a country road, where he reached 100 mph.

The police, who had activated their blue lights, gave up the chase.

Hosier, of Coates Way, Watford appeared for sentence, having pleaded guilty before the magistrates’ court to dangerous driving, having no insurance and no licence.

Rosie Bailey, defending, said: “It was very dangerous driving over a prolonged period.

“He was with a friend of a similar age. In the past he has always had L plates attached.

“Earlier he said he had been approached by some older individuals wearing balaclavas and was threatened by them. He said he believed the unmarked police car’s  inhabitants were the people.”

She went on: “He is an immature young man. He handed himself in and showed genuine remorse. The police officer said he sounded close to tears when he phoned him. He is extremely ashamed.”

Ms Bailey said the young dad had worked arranged at a window and door fitting company. She said he was of previous good character.

Recorder Sean O’Sullivan QC told him: “You must have realised you were being pursued by police. It was truly terrifying driving on residential streets and only good luck meant you did not cause a very serious accident.”

The judge passed a six month jail sentence suspended for 12 months, ordered him to carry out 120 hours’ unpaid work and to pay £120 costs. 

He banned him from driving for two years and said he must take an extended test before he gains a licence.

He told him: “You are a young man who made a bad decision. I am choosing to believe you won’t do anything like this again. This is your last chance.”

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