Horncastle man jailed after high-speed police pursuit

Lincoln Crown Court.
Lincoln Crown Court.

A banned driver from Horncastle left pursuing police officers fearing he would crash as he tried to escape from them, Lincoln Crown Court was told today (Monday).

Mark Preston, 26, of North Street, Horncastle, had two young children as well as his partner in the car when he was spotted driving on Spilsby Road, Wainfleet on May 5.

Noel Philo, prosecuting, said: “In order to escape from the police he drove around the corner at such speed that the officers believed his car would roll. As a result the officers aborted their pursuit.”

Mr Philo said the front tyres on the Vauxhall Corsa were completely bald and no child seats were fitted.

Preston made off but was spotted on two further occasions driving while banned.

He was involved in a 35 mile pursuit with police around the Skegness area on June 11 and less than a fortnight later was seen again driving in Wainfleet.

Preston admitted dangerous driving on May 5. He also admitted three charges of driving while disqualified and three charges of driving without insurance.

He was jailed for 16 months, and banned from driving for three years and eight months.

Judge Simon Hirst, passing sentence, told him: “This was a very bad piece of dangerous driving.

“You have shown breath-taking disregard for court orders and for the safety of young children.”

Leanne Summers, in mitigation, said that since his arrest, Preston has been recalled to prison to complete a previous jail term and realised that the only option was him to receive custody for the driving offences.