Great Yarmouth dangerous driver jailed

Joseph Adams, 34, sped away in his Peugeot 206 after refusing to stop for police around midnight on

Joseph Adams, 34, sped away in his Peugeot 206 after refusing to stop for police around midnight on the A12, near the Harfreys industrial estate, in Gorleston - Credit: Archant

An uninsured driver clocked going speeds of over 100mph rammed a police car and evaded a stinger device in the road, before he was finally arrested when he crashed his car, near Filby, a court heard.

Joseph Adams dangerous driver graphic

Joseph Adams dangerous driver graphic - Credit: Archant

Joseph Adams, 34, sped away in his Peugeot 206 after refusing to stop for police around midnight on the A12, near the Harfrey's industrial estate, in Gorleston.

John Morgans, prosecuting at Norwich Crown Court, said Adams, who at times was driving in excess of 100mph, headed out towards Breydon Bridge. When he stopped near Broadland and Great Yarmouth Rugby Club, in Cobholm, and officers got out of their car to speak to him, he reversed into the police car, and managed to escape and get back onto the A12 and then onto the A47.

Mr Morgans said because of the dangers, officers kept a safe distance from Adams and a stinger device was deployed near the Acle roundabout.

However Adams managed to avoid it by driving the wrong way round the roundabout.


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'He played no heed at all to potential dangers

Despite police not following in close pursuit, Mr Morgans said that Adams continued to drive at high speed and crashed his car into a fence and trees near Filby.

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'Officers attended and found the defendant and his female passenger still on the scene.'

He said they were both uninjured but disorientated.

He said stolen items from Asda were found in his car to the value of £273. He had a trace of cocaine in his system.

Adams of Harley Road, Great Yarmouth, admitted dangerous driving on June 24, this year, and four theft charges and was jailed for 18 months and given an 18 month driving ban.

Recorder Guy Ayers told him: 'This was an extremely serious piece of dangerous driving.'

He said he had reached speeds in excess of 100mph and the dangerous driving had been over an extended distance and said the potential dangers were huge.

'It was done knowing the police had wanted you to stop by lighting their blue light and sounding their siren. There was an occasion when they got out of their vehicle and the defendant reversed and rammed into the police vehicle.'

He said he had put others at risk and he had no insurance.

Recorder Ayers ordered that Adams take an extended driving test before getting back behind the wheel.

Peter Spary, for Adams, said that he had a long-standing drug problem.

He said at the time of the offence he was at a 'real low.'

'He apologises for his actions.'

He said that Adams wanted to use his time in custody to overcome his drug problems.

'He is sick and tired of it.'

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