Watch how cocaine-fuelled driver on high-speed chase through Cambridge is stopped by police
A 23-year-old fuelled by cocaine led police on a 20-minute car chase through Cambridge, during which he sped at more than 80mph in a 30mph zone.
Lewis Graves, of Paget Road, Trumpington, Cambridge, was sentenced to one year in prison at Cambridge Crown Court last Friday and banned from driving for 42 months.
The court heard officers driving along Huntingdon Road, Cambridge, in the early hours of October 12 saw a BMW speed by in the opposite direction.
The driver saw the officers turn their car to follow him and tried to escape. He swerved into a cycle path as he flew towards the junction with Victoria Road, where he travelled at more than 50mph over the speed limit.
He sped through a series of red traffic lights, passing through Histon Road towards King’s Hedges Road before veering onto Iceni Way.
Officers saw the BMW’s back wheels losing traction as Graves struggled to navigate the corners at speed.
Graves cut through a series of corners, mounting the kerb to maintain a straight line, and continuing at twice the speed limit, which forced other drivers to slam on their brakes.
Increasingly desperate, he began to slide out of control as he sped through narrow roads.
Finally, he cut through a public footpath. Officers took the opportunity to bring the pursuit to an end and made “tactical contact” with the vehicle.
The BMW span out of control before pursuing officers managed to pin the car against a tree and arrest Graves, along with two passengers in the vehicle.
Graves admitted charges of dangerous driving, driving while disqualified, failing to stop, drug-driving and driving without insurance.
PC Mark Lappin said: “Graves was clearly thinking of little more than his own self-interest as he put several lives at risk with his dangerous driving.
“I am surprised and thankful no one was seriously injured during this pursuit and hope this sentence will serve as a wake-up-call to Graves – and he won’t put lives at risk again.”