Tuesday, October 2, 2012
A HUNTINGDON man who dumped rubble onto the A14 while driving at 90mph in a bid to shake off the police cars was jailed today (Tuesday) for three-and-a-half years.
Glen Norman, 27, of Coronation Avenue, stole a builder’s truck from Stowmarket to get him home.
As police cars chased Norman between Bury St Edmunds and Newmarket on July 3, he twice activated the truck’s tipping gear, forcing officers and members of the public to brake and swerve.
Prosecutor Michael Crimp told Ipswich Crown Court that at one point a huge cloud of dust blotted out motorists vision on the westbound side of the dual carriageway as rubble cascaded from the back of the truck, forcing traffic to a halt.
Police were forced to follow at a distance of a quarter of a mile, before Norman’s 40-mile trip ended in a parking area at St Ives where a police helicopter, which monitored the pursuit, was able to direct officers to arrest him.
Judge John Holt also disqualified Norman, who pleaded guilty to causing a danger to road users, from driving for five years.
Norman also admitted driving whilst disqualified, driving with no insurance, dangerous driving and taking a vehicle without the owner’s consent.
His barrister James McLernon said: “He took the completely stupid decision of taking a van with the keys left in it so he could get home. It is an entirely bizzare mode of thinking to approach the problem he had. Norman had not committed any offences until the age of 23.”