A banned driver “out for a laugh” with pals on his birthday went on a high-speed 20-minute road rampage – but he’s now been jailed after West Midlands Police cut short his joyride.

Tony Berrill topped 90mph, ran red lights and performed dangerous overtaking manoeuvres as he careered through Coventry streets in a Seat Leon on 5 October last year.

At one stage West Midlands Police patrol officers were forced to abandon their pursuit for fear the 24-year-old’s driving could cause a serious collision.

However, Berrill’s movements were monitored by a police helicopter and, when he ditched the car in Tiverton Road and fled, an air observer directed officers on the ground to make an arrest in Sewall Highway.

In police interview he claimed to have been a rear seat passenger – but later admitted dangerous driving and driving while disqualified as the evidence against him stacked up.

And at Coventry Crown Court on Thursday (23 March) Berrill, of no fixed address, was jailed for 12 months and banned from the roads for three-and-a-half years. He will also be required to take an extended re-test in order to get his licence back.

CMPG Roads Policing officer Mitch Darby, said: “It’s some of the worst driving I’ve ever seen: he was driving at speeds approaching 70 miles per hour in 30-zones, the wrong way around roundabouts, and into oncoming traffic on dual carriageways.

“He was banned from driving but showed a complete disregard for the disqualification, plus the safety of his passengers and other road users.

“Throughout his police interview, Berrill was aggressive, belligerent and showed no remorse. He told us he was ‘out for a laugh’ on his birthday – his driving was no laughing matter, though, and could have resulted in tragic consequences.

“A prison sentence is inevitable for anyone prepared to put innocent members of the public in danger by driving in this manner.”

Officers abandoned their pursuit on Ansty Road heading into Coventry as Berrill drove the Leon on the wrong side of the carriageway. 

Berrill had been disqualified from driving for 18 months at Coventry Magistrates Court on 12 October 2015 for failing to provide a breath specimen. 


from West Midlands Police – Latest News http://ift.tt/2myuxcx

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