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Drink-driver sped at 100mph on Lincolnshire roads during police pursuit

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: November 26, 2012

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A motorist who drove at 100mph in a bid to avoid being stopped by police for drink-driving has been jailed for 12 months and banned from the road for 18 months.

Paul Hake was followed by officers after he was spotted speeding as he drove along Newark Road towards Lincoln city centre.

Andrew Scott, prosecuting, told Lincoln Crown Court that officers pursued Hake on to the city's High Street and into St Mary's Street before he drove on to Pelham Bridge heading back south out of the city.

The pursuit ended when his car left the road just outside the village of Scopwick.

Tests later showed he had 59mgs of alcohol per 100mls of breath compared to the legal limit of 35mgs.

Mr Scott said: "This was a prolonged chase at grossly excessive speeds. He drove at 60 to 70mph in the city centre although just beyond Pelham Bridge he exceeded 90mph and on the country roads he reached over 100mph.

"At the police station he said he thought he was wanted on a warrant for non-payment of fines.

"He was also worried that he might be over the limit. When he watched the CCTV footage of his driving he was physically shocked by what he saw."

Hake, 27, of Holly Street, Lincoln, admitted dangerous driving, drink-driving and having

no insurance as a result of the incident in the early hours of 27 August.

Judge Michael Heath told him: "You embarked on a deliberate and very prolonged course of very bad driving."

Michael Cranmer-Brown said Hake, who drives an HGV for a living, bitterly regretted what he did.

"He fully accepts this was a very bad piece of driving.

"On this night he had gone with a friend to a pub near where he lives. He walked. His friend suggested they go into town and continue drinking.

"Very foolishly he agreed with that. He walked home and got his car and they set off to go into town. He thought he was alright to drive but when the police officer began to pursue him he was concerned he might be over the limit and would lose his licence and his livelihood."

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  • Roadscource  |  November 27 2012, 5:29PM

    "Drink Driving" ? Just get your defence to state in court that you were "drunk at the time and acting out of charactor", it seems to get everyone else an easy ride when it comes to sentencing.

  • Roadscource  |  November 27 2012, 4:21PM

    "I've never heard anyone say that it's JUST speed that causes accidents." I should have a chat with John Siddle about that.

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  • FreedomSpeech  |  November 27 2012, 1:40PM

    I've never heard anyone say that it's JUST speed that causes accidents.

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  • Ian_Heighton  |  November 27 2012, 9:19AM

    "60 - 70mph through the middle of Lincoln, lucky he didn't kill anyone." It does prove the point that it's not just speed that causes accidents though as some would have you believe.

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  • VictorToo  |  November 26 2012, 2:30PM

    I suspect that as a result of this he's lost his job, so I expect he is regretting what he's done, maybe next time he'll think twice. 60 - 70mph through the middle of Lincoln, lucky he didn't kill anyone.

  • Phil1W  |  November 26 2012, 12:48PM

    12 months prison, out in no more than 6. 18 months driving ban? No wonder these drink drive morons keep on doing it! How about sentences that send out a message to these idiots to really think before they act?

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