Speeding driver escaped police by driving through narrow bollards – but got caught in a dead end

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A motorist raced from police at 70mph in a 30mph limit after being spotted driving without a licence or insurance.

Patrick Suckling lost pursuing police by going through bollards too narrow for the panda car to follow.

He took off in his Vauxhall Astra because he had no licence or insurance, Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court heard.

“The police patrol indicated him to stop,” said Sean Ell, prosecuting. “He drove through a set of bollards in the central area of Hartlepool which were too narrow for the police car to get through.

“The police lost him at that point, but picked him up again later that evening.

“Suckling reached speeds of 70mph in a 30mph zone, and mounted the kerb in York Road.

“He was arrested after driving into a dead end.”

Suckling, 25, of Oval Grange, Hartlepool, admitted dangerous driving, failing to stop when required to do so, and driving without a licence or insurance, all on December 6.

Shiela Ramshaw, defending, said in mitigation: “Mr Suckling had an argument with his partner and left the house to cool off.

“Foolishly, he used the car to go where wanted to go.

“This was a bad piece of driving, but he caused no accident or injury.

“Nor did he involve anyone else as a passenger.”

Suckling was sentenced to a supervision order of 12 months, a curfew for 12 weeks, and ordered to pay £325 costs.

He was banned from driving for two years, and must take an extended driving test if wishes to drive after the ban expires.