A man from Milton Keynes has been sentenced to 12 months’ imprisonment, suspended for two years, and disqualified from driving for three years, after he made off from police at speeds of up to 100mph along the A505 at Leighton Buzzard in February.
Michael Nevin, 19, of Nash Park, abandoned his car and was tracked by officers to a property in Toddington, where he was found in bed, pretending to be asleep.
He pleaded guilty to dangerous driving at Luton Crown Court on Friday (September 7) and received a further six months for driving whilst disqualified, suspended to run concurrently. If he commits further offences, or fails to comply with conditions, he faces having the prison sentence activated.
Nevin must also complete 120 hours of community service, undergo 12 months’ Rehabilitation Activity Requirement and attend 20 days of requirements. He was also fined £800 court costs, and a further £200 for having no insurance.
The incident took place on February 20 when, at around 10am, on-duty Bedfordshire Police officer Charlie Bird saw Nevin’s car, stationary, on the A4146. On checking if the vehicle had been involved in a collision, PC Bird saw Nevin and another driver having an argument.
PC Bird requested Nevin to stay where he was, but Nevin got back in his car and drove off towards Dunstable at speeds of up to 100mph.
In an attempt to evade the officer, Nevin drove onto the A505, drove round a roundabout the wrong way, then drove off towards Toddington, where he abandoned his car and hid out in an associate’s property.
A member of the public alerted officers to the abandoned vehicle, and enquiries led the team to the address where Nevin was found in a bedroom, under a duvet.
He was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving, failure to stop and driving whilst disqualified. A search of the garden revealed a discarded car key, which fit the vehicle.
PC Charlie Bird, said: “We hope that Nevin will take this opportunity to reflect on his actions and his reckless behaviour.
“We will not tolerate those who put our communities at significant risk of harm by driving dangerously.”