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Judge describes motorist as "a danger to others"
8:00am Sunday 3rd November 2013 in News
A JUDGE told a drunken driver, who led police on a 90mph chase in the early hours of the morning: “This was shocking behaviour and you are a danger to others.”
Judge Derwin Hope heard how Michael Hitchcox, 30, who had never passed a test, drove off after police had seen him sitting in a car with two other men.
Prosecutor Siobhan Linsley described how he drove through streets in Hythe above the speed limit.
After he had accelerated to 90mph, police became so concerned they backed off to lessen the pressure on him.
The eight-minute pursuit ended when he entered a roundabout in Hythe. Other units, who had been called in, blocked off exits and Hitchcox crashed into the police vehicle involved in the chase. He tried to get away but was caught.
A breath test revealed that he was about two-and-a-half times the drink-drive limit.
Hitchcox, of Lexby Road, Totton, admitted driving dangerously, with excess alcohol, failing to stop and having no insurance or licence.
Said to have 16 previous convictions, Hitchcox was jailed for 14 months and disqualified from driving for three years.
In mitigiation, Lawrence Aiolfi said Hitchcox accepted the seriousness of his driving and had been fortunate no other vehicles had been involved. He had not intended to hit the police vehicle, but was simply trying to get away.