Dangerous driver’s car confiscated after high-speed cop chase through Hartlepool

Teesside Crown Court.
Teesside Crown Court.

A dangerous driver kept his liberty but lost his car after admitting leading police on a chase.

Craig Beddow was given a suspended sentence at Teesside Crown Court for trying to out run a patrol car along residential streets in Hartlepool.

Recorder Gurdial Singh confiscated Beddow’s Seat car as an item used in the commission of a crime.

“You have kept your liberty today,” the recorder told Beddow. “That was a narrow decision, but you have lost your car.

“The reason is it would be too much of a temptation for you to drive it if it was left parked outside your house.

“This was a dreadful piece of driving on the streets of Hartlepool.”

The court heard police tried to stop Beddow just after midnight on May 25.

“Officers in a marked mobile patrol illuminated their blue lights and turned on the patrol’s siren,” said Harry Hadfield, prosecuting.

“Beddow drove off towards Rossmere Way and the A689.

“He reached 68mph in a 30mph limit, and narrowly missed pedestrians who were crossing the road.

“After driving over a grassed area, he stopped the car and fled on foot.

“A search on arrest found he was carrying a small amount of cannabis in a paracetamol bottle.”

Beddow, 33, of Hamilton Road, Hartlepool, admitted dangerous driving, driving while disqualified, and possession of a class B drug.

He has previous convictions for drugs and driving offences.

Peter Sabiston, defending, said in mitigation: “Mr Beddow has long standing mental health problems which his psychiatrist says may have contributed to the commission of this offence.

“He has been doing very well on a community order imposed earlier this year.”

Recorder Singh sentenced Beddow to 12 months in prison, suspended for two years, a curfew of 60 days, a driving ban of two years, and ordered the car to be confiscated.

“You are making good progress on the existing order,” the recorder told Beddow. “So I am going to give you one last chance.”

Beddow must pay £1,000 criminal court charge, and he must take an extended test if he wants to drive after the ban expires.