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Burglar’s high-speed car chase
9:52am Thursday 24th October 2013 in News
A MAN has appeared in court in connection with a high-speed car chase through the Cotswolds.
Benjamin Perry, aged 28, of Windmill Close, Ilmington, admitted seven charges in relation to the pursuit when he appeared at Cheltenham Magistrates Court.
Perry is accused of entering a house in Hoo Lane, Chipping Campden, on September 4 and stealing a set of car keys to a red Citroen C1 and driving it dangerously on the B4044, the A34 and the A40.
The vehicle was spotted by police in West Oxfordshire who called in the force helicopter and followed the Citroen as it went on a cross-country route in an attempt to evade them before crashing into a farm gate off Yarnton Lane, Oxford.
Teresa Perry, prosecuting, said after entering a home of a pensioner through an open back door and taking her car keys, Perry drove “well above the speed limit through rural and urban areas”.
“He was overtaking on solid white lines, undertaking on the dual carriageway and used the central reservation to overtake,” she said.
“He overshot a junction which nearly caused a highspeed collision. The car was quite extensively damaged.”
Perry also admitted further charges of theft of a bracelet worth £65, drink-driving, driving without insurance and driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence when he appeared last Thursday. He was released on bail on the condition he does not enter Gloucestershire unless visiting his solicitor or going to court, and was given an interim driving ban. He is due to appear at Gloucester Crown Court on November 7.
The alleged passenger, Lewis Bye, 28, of Hay Meadow, Shipston, was also charged with aggravated vehicle taking (being carried on) and dangerous driving.
Bye did not turn up for his court appearance at Cheltenham Magistrates Court last week and a warrant was issued for his arrest. He is also due to appear at Gloucester Crown Court on November 7.
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