Watch police chase ‘astonishingly dangerous’ motorist driving at ‘ludicrously high speeds’ through Cambridge and around Addenbrooke’s
A Great Shelford man has been jailed after leading police on a terrifying high-speed pursuit across Cambridge, in which he narrowly missed cyclists and other motorists.
Uninsured Robert Busby, 52, sped at 60mph over the limit as he attempted to evade officers.
Police had signalled for him to pull over in his black Vauxhall Astra on the afternoon of February 21, 2021, on Coldhams Lane.
Busby, who had a passenger, initially began to slow and pull over to the left-hand side of the carriageway before speeding off onto Perne Road and Cherry Hinton Road, where he hit 80mph in 20mph zones.
Heading onto the wrong side of the road, swerving past traffic, Busby led police onto Limekiln Road, down towards Babraham Road and then onto the Addenbrooke’s Hospital site.
He finally came to a stop when he reached bollards on Discovery Drive, but got out and attempted to make a run for it.
The 52-year-old attempted to make off on foot but was stopped and arrested.
At Peterborough Crown Court on Tuesday (December 14), Busby, of Abberley Wood, Great Shelford, was sentenced to a year in prison after previously pleading guilty to dangerous driving, drug driving and driving without insurance.
Sentencing Busby, Judge Michael Procter described it as “an astonishingly dangerous piece of driving” at ‘ludicrously high speeds’.
He said: “There were no injuries or collisions but if other road users hadn’t taken action there would have been.
“It was a prolonged piece of bad driving involving deliberate disregard for the rules of the road and safety of others involving vastly excessive speed, all while his licence was revoked on medical grounds and he had no insurance.”
PC Tim Everett said: “Busby showed a complete disregard for the safety of road users that day - not to mention himself and his passenger.
“His driving was completely erratic taking speeds of 80mph on busy roads. He narrowly missed other cars and bikes and was lucky not to cause a serious, or even fatal, collision.”