Prison sentence for Lowestoft man who jumped into river at Beccles during police chase

Norwich Magistrates' Court. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Norwich Magistrates' Court. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2016

A man who police say jumped into the river in Beccles in an attempt to escape officers has been given a 12-week prison sentence for driving offences.

Joseph Hart, 22, from High Street, Lowestoft, was arrested after a police chase in the town.

He was flagged down to stop by police after he was caught speeding on George Westwood Way.

However he failed to pull over and instead continued driving, leading to what police described as a 'short pursuit'.

The pursuit continued on foot and police said he even tried swimming across the River Waveney to the other side of the bank in an attempt to evade officers.


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He was arrested at around 8.20pm on Saturday, June 10, in Fen Lane.

He was charged with fail to stop when asked by officers, driving without due care and attention, driving whilst disqualified and driving with no valid insurance.

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Hart appeared at Norwich Magistrates' Court on Monday, June 12, and was given a 12-week prison sentence after pleading guilty to the driving offences.

He was also ordered to pay a victim services surcharge of £115.

- Hart was also charged with grievous bodily harm in relation to a separate incident. The charge in relation to GBH assault has been adjourned to Ipswich Crown Court on July 10.

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