Drug driver Wayne Flecknell reached nearly 90mph in 30 zone during police pursuit in Cambridge
A drug driver reached speeds of nearly 90mph in a 30mph zone and went the wrong way along a dual carriageway to escape police.
Wayne Flecknell, 32, was spotted by two police officers as he sped along in a Kia in Newnham Road, near Lammas Land in Cambridge on January 20.
They indicated for him to stop but he continued on to Barton Road, driving at almost 80mph in a 30mph zone.
He went through no-entry signs in the village of Grantchester and drove the wrong way along a one-way road, before ignoring red traffic lights in Shelford Road. Here, he reached almost 90mph, despite the 30mph limit.
Flecknell, of Wiles Close, Waterbeach, sped through another two sets of red traffic lights, the pulled out onto the A505 and drove the wrong way along the dual carriageway towards Sawston.
At this point officers made 'tactical contact', bringing their car up alongside the Kia as the pursuit was becoming too dangerous. This brought him to a stop and caused the police vehicle to be written off.
Flecknell was arrested and a roadside drugs wipe tested positive for cannabis and cocaine.
Officers discovered the Kia belonged to his girlfriend’s dad, and he was not insured to drive it.
Flecknell pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, failure to stop, two counts of drug driving and driving without insurance. At Cambridge Crown Court on Tuesday (September 10, 2019), he was sentenced to 12 months in jail and disqualified from driving for 42 months.
PC John Mayor said: “There is no doubt Flecknell was prepared to do whatever it took to get away from police, with no regard whatsoever for other members of the public or the passengers in his car.
“The standard of his driving fell considerably below that of a careful and competent driver.
“This was 15 minutes of deliberate, dangerous driving which could have had catastrophic consequences, had it not been stopped when it was.”