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Driver jailed after high-speed police chase in Swindon

Driver jailed after high-speed police chase in Swindon

Driver jailed after high-speed police chase in Swindon

Police have thanked the public for their assistance after a man was jailed following a high-speed pursuit in Swindon.

Robert Kill (29) of Inglesham Road, Penhill, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving and driving whilst disqualified.

He was sentenced at Swindon Crown Court to 19-and-a-half months imprisonment and disqualified from driving for three years and nine months.

The court heard that on the afternoon of May 19, 2020, officers attempted to stop a red Ford Focus on Cricklade Road.

Despite momentarily stopping, the vehicle sped off when officers got out of their vehicle and reached speeds in excess of 60mph.

As the vehicle approached Thamesdown Drive it proceeded to go through a red light and collided with an oncoming vehicle.

The driver then went down Thamesdown Drive on the wrong side of the carriageway at excess speed for approximately 2km.

Officers at this point decided to call off the pursuit, due to concerns for the safety of other road users, but then found the car abandoned at the end of Poachers Way, Blunsdon St Andrew, at the top of a footpath.

The driver had fled the scene and hid in the hedgerow on Lady Lane, by the car park of the Blunsdon Arms.

But, thanks to CCTV footage and support from members of the public who provided witness statements and supplied dash cam footage, officers were able to identify Kill as the driver and he was arrested at home.

Kill was already subject to a suspended prison sentence at the time of the offence.

PC Sam Young, from Swindon Community Policing Team, said: “I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the public in their efforts to help bring Kill to justice. If it wasn’t for their support, he would still be driving on the roads now.”

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