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By Court Reporter Thursday 08 November 2012 Updated: 08/11 13:12
A DRIVER who tried to get away from police by speeding the wrong way along a dual carriageway near Redditch at a horrifying 110mph has escaped being jailed.
Warwick Crown Court heard the car Jammile Brown was driving clipped the wing mirror of an oncoming van, but luckily other drivers managed to avoid him as he hurtled towards them.
He was arrested following a 22-minute high-speed chase which began in Stratford and ended as he approached junction 3 of M42 on the A435 after he drove over a police stinger mat.
The 24-year-old, of Concorde Drive in Castle Vale, Birmingham, pleaded guilty to charges of dangerous driving, having no licence or insurance, and possessing cannabis.
He was sentenced to four months in prison suspended for two years, with 12 months supervision, and was ordered to take part in a Thinking Skills programme and disqualified from driving for three years.
The chase started at 6.25pm on Saturday, September 29 when officers in an unmarked car picked up a green Ford Focus being driven by Brown in Stratford.
As it headed away from the town they began to follow it and although they lost the car they caught up with it again with the help of the police helicopter as it sped through the village of Ullenhall at 60mph.
When Brown reached the junction with the main A435 near Redditch he took a right turn at a no entry sign and headed north on the southbound carriageway, travelling at up to 110mph. He was involved in several near-collisions with on-coming vehicles and clipped the wing mirror of a van.
When finally stopped Brown was arrested and a small amount of herbal cannabis was found in the passenger door pocket which he admitted was his and for his own use.
Under questioning Brown, who had no insurance and had had his provisional licence revoked, said he panicked when he saw the police because there was cannabis in the car.
Roy Gold, defending, said Brown, who helps care for his blind and infirm grandfather, had borrowed the car from his aunt to visit someone in Stratford but there were matters on his mind which 'drove him into a panic'.
"There was also the presence of his friend who had cannabis and was on licence from prison and expressed the view that he would be recalled if he was caught, which was another pressure on him which caused him to act in an uncharacteristic way."
Recorder Patrick Upward QC told Brown his driving was 'horrendous' and had crossed the custody threshold but the fact he cared for his grandfather was one of the things in his mind when deciding to suspend sentence.
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