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A 35-year-old man from Telford has been jailed for 10 months after being caught drink-driving, then fleeing from police officers at speeds of up to 100mph.

Steven Gwilliam was only stopped when police orchestrated a tactical collision with his vehicle, after which he was found to have no tax, insurance, MOT, and fake number plates.

Prosecuting, Rob Edwards told Shrewsbury Crown Court how Gwilliam was spotted leaving a pub car park on December 16. He ignored the flashing blue lights of the police car as it attempted to pull him over, and instead sped up.

The officers then followed him through the areas of Oakengates and Priorslee, including at speeds of up to 80mph in a 30mph zone. He then ran a red light before turning onto the M54 where he drove his van at speeds of up to 100mph.

Mr Edwards said: “It was decided for safety that there had to be a tactical impact and a police car emerged from a side road and collided with the van, bringing it to a stop,”

“Conditions were icy with patches of snow still on parts of the road,” he added.

Gwilliam was found to be nearly twice the drink-drive limit with 60mcg alcohol per 100ml breath. The legal limit is 35mcg.

Defending Gwilliam, Peter Hemming said his client had seen the police car but panicked as he had been drinking and was using false plates to avoid paying insurance.

On sentencing, Judge Peter Barrie said it had been highly dangerous driving: “It is only by good fortune that this did not result in a serious injury or worse,” he said.

After pleading guilty to drink-driving, dangerous driving, and driving with no insurance, tax, or MOT, Gwilliam was jailed for 10 months and banned from driving for two years.

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Drink-Driver Caught Twice In Four Days Caring For Sick Puppy

An Aberdeen man has been banned from driving for four years after being caught drink-driving twice in four days.

On the first occasion, 43-year-old Ian Jolly was found at a service station in the city, washing his car with the key still in the ignition. Identifying himself as the driver of the car, police breathalysed him, finding him to have 51mcg alcohol per 100ml breath. The legal limit in Scotland is 22mcg.

Just four days later he found to have 112mcg alcohol per 100ml breath, having been followed by officers on patrol who suspected him of drink-driving. They approached him after he got out of his car.

Jolly explained to the Aberdeen Sheriff’s Court that his puppy had developed tumours, requiring thousands of pounds-worth of care. He was determined to save the animal and so was working long hours as a chef at Aberdeen Airport to fund the treatments. This led to stress stemming from regularly starting work before 4am and returning home at midday when he often started drinking.

At his sentencing, Graeme Murry told the court that his client’s circumstances had now changed, saying “He has moved from that job and will start a full-time chef’s job at a hotel.

“He has addressed his problems and moderated his drinking.”

Mr Murray went on to add that the dog’s treatment had been successful.

After pleading guilty to both counts of drink-driving, Jolly was banned from the roads for four years and ordered to carry out 135 hours of unpaid work.

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Drug-Driver Arrested While On Bail For Same Offence

A woman already under investigation for drug-driving as well as intent to supply cocaine and heroin was arrested a second time on suspicion of drug-driving just a month later.

Originally arrested in July, Sarah Ryan was handed a two-month suspended prison sentence in March She was also given a 20-day drug-rehabilitation requirement as well as being banned from driving for 12 months.

Following her second arrest in August, she was found to have 1,345mcg Benzoylecgonine per litre of blood – 27 times the legal limit of 50mcg.

South East Suffolk Magistrates Court heard that there was no evidence of impairment to her driving when she was pulled over in August, the suggestion being that she had been pulled over as a person of interest in drug-related matters.

Representing Ryan, Declan Gallagher said: “On the face of it, the reading is something of a shocker, but I would suggest the levels are completely irrelevant, even when dealing in such spectacular multiples.

“The limits are not set in respect of impairment. Experts are at pains to remind me that benzoylecgonine is evidence of previous consumption and provides no indication of the amount taken.”

He went on to add that the reading was commensurate with levels displayed by habitual drug users, as his client had been at the time. She has now kicked the habit and has been clean since October.

Addressing Ryan, the court said: “Although there was no impairment to your driving, you were several times over the limit and have been disqualified for a similar offence.”

Ryan pleaded guilty to the second drug-driving charge, and magistrates imposed another 12-month driving ban, to run concurrently with her previous disqualification.

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Driver With Fake Licence Caught After Driving With Mobile Phone

North Staffordshire Justice Centre has heard how a disqualified driver was caught out after officers on patrol spotted him driving while using his mobile phone.

When pulled over, 34-year-old Christian Matache produced a forged driving licence to present to officers and, when challenged, then pulled out a genuine provisional licence, which had expired.

Describing the incident on March 14, Sabrina Naz, prosecuting, said: “Two officers were travelling, in an unmarked police car, southbound along the A500 towards the A50 when they saw the defendant driving alongside them holding a mobile phone.

“They illuminated the blue lights and safely stopped the vehicle on the A50 roundabout at Sideway.

“The defendant was asked to produce his driving licence. He provided a Romanian licence. An officer became suspicious because one of the security features did not look as it should.

“The police made contact with the national document fraud unit, who confirmed from viewing a photo that it was counterfeit.”

When he later produced the expired provisional licence, further checks by the officers showed that Matache was not listed on the vehicle’s insurance documents. He told police that he had paid an unknown male for the fake licence.

Matache chose to represent himself in court, using an interpreter, explaining that his wife had recently had surgery and he had received a call at work to say she was unwell. The Romanian national, who came to the UK in 2014, said he “panicked” and set off on a six-mile journey to collect her, but was picked up by police while en route.

With no previous convictions, Matache pleaded guilty to possessing a driving licence with intent to deceive, driving other than in accordance with a licence, driving without insurance, and using a mobile phone while driving.

Magistrates banned Matache from driving for two years, issued a 12-month community order, and ordered him to complete 200 hours unpaid work. He must also pay £135 court costs and a victim surcharge of £85.

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About Freeman & Co.

Freeman & Co. are a specialist firm of road traffic and criminal defence solicitors based in Manchester but with nationwide coverage.

Freeman & Co. specialise in a wide variety of road traffic cases, ranging from drink driving, speeding and mobile phone offences, to name but a few.

The firm was created by Nick Freeman, who has been dubbed “Mr Loophole” by the press for his technical legal ability and robustly challenging the prosecution.

Nick is well regarded as an expert road traffic lawyer and has successfully represented many high profile clients for a variety of motoring offences as well as criminal offences.

The firm of Freeman & Co. embodies the way Nick works, with minute attention to detail and challenging the prosecution at every turn.

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