'Utter lunatic' crashed car after police chase through Nottingham
A JUDGE told a man who crashed a car after a high-speed police chase that he was driving like an "utter lunatic".
Arthur Ncube, 22, sped off from police in Huntingdon Street, Nottingham, when he was "road testing" a Citroen Saxo at 12.45am.
He drove toward St Ann's, accelerated to 70mph, overtook three vehicles, went on the wrong side of a "keep left" bollard and then hit another bollard.
He lost control, ploughing into a wall in Woodborough Road, Nottingham Crown Court heard.
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He clambered out the passenger side of the smashed car and tried to escape but a police dog found him nearby.
After his arrest, Ncube claimed he was the passenger.
Later he did admit dangerous driving and driving without a licence or insurance on December 8 last year.
Judge Andrew Hamilton, who sentenced him yesterday , gave him credit for his work in the music business but said: "What you don't get credit for is driving like an utter lunatic on the roads of Nottingham at quarter to one in the morning.
"You drove over quite a considerable distance at a most excessive speed, causing other vehicles to stop and ended up embedding the car into the wall of a property and, if it had not been for that, you would have driven on further."
Ncube, of Petersfield Close, Top Valley, was sent to prison for four months and banned from driving for a year.
A police officer said it had been "luck rather than judgement" that there was not a death or serious injury.
The car was driven dangerously in Huntingdon Street, Kilbourn Street, Alfred Street North, St Ann's Hill, Cranmer Street and Woodborough Road.
In interview, Ncube, who had no previous convictions, said he was the passenger in the car and hardly knew the driver.
He claimed when the "driver" drove off from police, he had asked him to stop.
But he later changed his plea to guilty and admitted he was the driver.
Chris Lowe said, in mitigation, that Ncube recognised the stupidity of his actions and deeply regretted them.
When he said Ncube had been considering buying the car, Judge Hamilton said that was ludicrous, as he had not got his driving licence.
He said: "It's just rubbish. Nobody is going to be buying a car at quarter to one in the morning. He is much better to admit he was driving a car when he shouldn't have been and drove away.
Mr Lowe added: "He did do the right thing when he was brought before the court. He accepted full responsibility for his actions.
"It was an impulsive reaction to realising he was being followed by police."