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Banned driver in 80 mile an hour police chase through town
12:59pm Saturday 5th October 2013 in News
A DISQUALIFIED driver led police on a two mile plus chase through the streets of Eastleigh at night before his car hit a kerb and he ran off.
At times, Liam Harris was doing 80mph and even drove on the wrong side of the road, said prosecutor Tim Compton.
Southampton Crown Court heard that following a tip off, police waited near his home in Toynbee Road, Eastleigh before seeing the 22-year-old get into his car with two other men and drive away in “a hurried manner”.
They activated their stop sign but Harris accelerated, doing twice the speed limit in Southampton Road and at one stage forced other drivers to change direction at a roundabout.
The drama ended after Harris hit a kerb and he and one passenger got out of his car and ran off. The following day he surrendered himself to police, telling them he had panicked.
Harris, now living in Paignton, Devon, admitted dangerous driving, driving while uninsured and while banned, having been disqualified by Basingstoke magistrates in 2012 for two years for drink-driving.
He received a four month suspended sentence, a further three year disqualification and an order to pay £500 in fines and costs.
“You were well aware of your disqualification and chose to ignore it,” said Judge Peter Ralls QC.
In mitigation, Anne Brown said Harris felt at “rock bottom” after being laid off by his employers when he faced bill
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