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By PETER WALSH Crime correspondent
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
A police car was rammed by a driver in one of two high speed chases, a court has been told.
Stuart Fisher, 30, of Newlands Estate, Bacton, appeared at Norwich Crown Court yesterday to be sentenced having admitted two offences of dangerous driving and one of failing to provide a specimen.
Nick Methold, prosecuting, said on June 9 Fisher had been drinking in North Walsham before driving home at about 3.25am. Pursued by officers the defendant went around a bend so fast he “bounced off the offside bank” before going over a humpback bridge so fast that on landing “the rear tyre deflated”.
Mr Methold said on a bend further down the road he skidded, ended up facing in the opposite direction and drove forward and “rammed the police car” which was reversing.
He later lost control again, broadsided, and left a smoking tyre trail, before losing control once more and making further contact with the police car.
Mr Methold said Fisher had also been pursued by officers in North Walsham at about 3.25am on April 8 when he was driving a Renault Clio car at “considerable speed” on country roads.
Jonathan Morgans, mitigating, said Fisher, a father-of-two, accepted full responsibility. He said Fisher, a plasterer, had beaten a drugs problem but had replaced it, in times of stress, with misuse of alcohol, but was seeking help.
Judge Mark Lucraft QC sentenced Fisher to a total of 12 months imprisonment, suspended for 24 months. He was also ordered to carry out 150 hours’ unpaid work, undertake a drink drive alcohol activity specified requirement and a 12 month supervision requirement. He was also disqualified for three years.