Man, 22, rushing to birth of fourth baby jumped red lights during ‘appalling’ police chase
PUBLISHED: 16:48 14 August 2018 | UPDATED: 16:48 14 August 2018
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A 22-year-old jumped red lights and went over roundabouts at up to 70mph during a police chase as he rushed to hospital for the birth of his fourth child, a court heard.
Macaulay Wells had been awaiting the arrival of his baby on April 3 when officers in an unmarked vehicle tried to pull him over on the A47.
Their automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) had pinged on Wells’ Ford Transit van, telling them he had no insurance or MoT.
Norwich Crown Court heard Wells was also banned from driving at the time, and he led police on a six-minute chase of “appalling” driving over roundabouts and junctions close to King’s Lynn.
Martin Ivory, prosecuting, said: “At Middleton, the van pulled over to the left. It appears to be a normal stop.”
Dashcam footage from the pursuing car shows the van taking off before failing to stop at traffic lights, hitting speeds of up to 70mph when entering roundabouts, and squeezing between stationary cars.
Jude Durr, defending, said Wells had been rushing to the hospital after hearing of complications in the pregnancy.
“He is immature for his years, partly as a consequence of his difficulties in education,” said Mr Durr. “He was latterly excluded from education and placed within a care environment. It is testament to him he has emerged from those difficulties, not completely unscathed.
“He said in interview he was speeding to get to the hospital because he had information from his partner she was due to be induced.
“Five days after this offence the baby was born, first of all with breathing problems. She has since stopped breathing twice and they are awaiting a consultation at Addenbrooke’s.”
Judge Stephen Holt said the driving was “appalling”, adding: “Someone could easily have been killed. It is a miracle nobody was hurt.
“There could have been family of the deceased - the person you killed - sitting in court.
“I would be failing in my duty to the public if I did not pass an immediate prison sentence.”
Wells, of Pentney Close, Lynn, was jailed for eight months and banned from driving for 21 months after admitting dangerous driving, driving while disqualified, obstructing police and no insurance.