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Man drove at up to 70 mph in busy street

PUBLISHED: 07:02 10 June 2006 | UPDATED: 10:59 22 October 2010

CHRISTINE CUNNINGHAM

A banned drink driver refused to stop for police and drove at speeds of up to 70mph along busy Prince of Wales Road in Norwich - at the time when the area was thronged with clubbers, a court heard.

A banned drink driver refused to stop for police and drove at speeds of up to 70mph along busy Prince of Wales Road

in Norwich - at the time when the area was thronged

with clubbers, a court heard.

Daniel Perry, 28, who had two previous convictions for drink driving, went through four sets of red lights before finally losing control on Thorpe Road.

He crashed the car after hitting a kerb and narrowly missing another police car, the court was told.

Perry ran off from his vehicle but was later arrested. When breath tested he was found to be nearly twice the legal limit for alcohol.

Lori Tucker prosecuting said that in interview Perry told police he had been upset after splitting with his girlfriend and had gone for a few drinks.

He said he had sped off from police in a "panic".

Perry, of Walpole Gardens, Norwich, admitted dangerous driving, driving while banned, driving with excess alcohol and failing to stop for a police officer in February this year.

He was jailed for eight months and given a three year driving ban.

Jailing him Judge Peter Jacobs told him: "If you drive like this sooner or later you are going to kill or seriously injure someone."

He said his job was to protect the public.

Michael Clare, mitigating, said Perry had just rebuilt his life and had obtained work as a manager responsible for other staff.

"This man has the support of his family and friends."


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