Driver jailed for dangerous driving on A11 and A47 in Norfolk

Norwich Crown Court. Picture: Adrian Judd

Norwich Crown Court. Picture: Adrian Judd

Motorist drove at speeds of 100mph on A47, in Norfolk.

A driver wanted by police clocked up speeds of up to 100mph on the A47, near Norwich, to avoid being stopped, before ending up crashing through a hedge, a court heard.

Joshua Rose, 26, was spotted by police speeding away from traffic lights on the A11 Thickthorn roundabout in the early hours of January 23, this year, and he then drove onto the A47, towards Swaffham, where he was clocked speeding up to 100mph, Norwich Crown Court heard.

Martin Ivory, prosecuting, said Rose, who was driving a white Mercedes, then took the B1108 Watton Road and continued to drive at speeds of up to 70 to 80mph, even when he went through a 30mph zone, at Barford.

Mr Ivory said police continued to follow Rose, keeping a safe distance, but he then lost control of the car on a bend in Barnham Broom and ended up crashing through a hedge and ending up in a field.

Mr Ivory said that no one was injured and Rose was arrested at the scene.

Rose, from London, admitted dangerous driving and having no insurance.

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The court heard Rose had now been recalled from his early release from an eight year sentence and Recorder Guy Ayers imposed a 12 month sentence, which will run concurrently with the sentence he is already serving. He was also given an 18-month driving ban

Recorder Ayers said: 'You were wanted by the authorities and did not want to be caught.'

He said fortunately Rose's driving took place in the early hours when there were not many cars about and accepted that no one was injured but said: 'You were not only a danger to yourself and anyone in your car but a danger to other people on the road.'

Gavin Cowe, for Rose, said he knew he was wanted and made the decision to get away.

'He took that decision as he saw the police car. The fear of being arrested was the motivation for his actions.'

He added: 'There is a crash that brings the vehicle to a halt. There were no injuries to any of the parties.'