Police pursuit ended after driver crashed into tree


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A 20-year-old motorist was found to be five times over the drug drive limit after leading police on a high-speed pursuit through Huntingdonshire.

Callum Foster appeared at Peterborough Magistrates’ Court on August 10 facing five charges including driving dangerously and possession of a class A drug.

Foster was also charged with driving under the influence of drugs, driving without a full licence and driving with-out insurance.

Foster pleaded guilty to all charges.

Magistrate Edward Rilly heard that, on April 23, Foster was spotted by police officers driving erratically in Huntingdon.

Anthea Harris, prosecuting, said: “Police tried to stop Mr Foster because of his erratic driving, police pursued him through Huntingdon, through Brampton and the A1M.”

During the pursuit Foster was driving at double the speed limit and was clocked doing 100mph on the A1M.

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“He drove through three red lights, drove on the wrong side of the carriageway. The defendant then collided into a tree,” Mrs Harris added.

When stopped, Foster was found by police to be five times over the drug drive limit and tested positive for cannabis.

Officers also found that Foster, of George Alcott Way, in Peterborough, was in possession of a small quantity of cannabis.

Mrs Harris told magistrates that the amount found “was consistent with personal use”.

No representations were made by Foster’s solicitor, Kashif Khan.

Due to the nature of the charges it was decided by magistrates that the case would be referred to Peterborough Crown Court.

Mr Rilly said: “Our sentencing powers are insufficient to deal with this case. You will go to Peterborough Crown Court for sentencing.”

Foster was given a driving ban for a period of six months or until his sentence – “which ever comes sooner”.

“You cannot drive any motor vehicle in a public place for this period of time,” added Mr Rilly.

Following the hearing, Foster was released on bail but has been ordered to return to Peterborough Crown Court on a date to be set.