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Dad's High Speed Police Case...With Kids in Car
A MAN who led police on a high speed chase through Colchester while two children were passengers in his car has been jailed.
Dad-to-be Justin Cartwright fled from officers because his partner was expecting their first child and he didn't want to land in any more trouble, Chelmsford Crown Court heard.
During the five-mile, five-minute pursuit, which started in Cowdray Avenue, the aspiring "role model" drove along part of the A133 the wrong way.
Cartwright admitted dangerous driving, having no driving licence, no insurance and failing to stop.
Judge Anthony Goldstaub QC sentenced Cartwright, 24, of Hunwicke Road, Colchester, to eight months in prison and disqualified him from driving for two years.
He said: "There were young children in the car and despite that you drove in a disgraceful way.
"The police had the attention of your vehicle and they chased you. You fled from them at speeds of 80mph or so including at a distance when you were on the wrong side of the dual carriageway and also were driving at twice the speed limit in one part in a road that was governed by a 30mph limit.
"It is only by extreme good fortune that nobody was killed or maimed by your driving and you made it worse by having children in the car with you and like yourself, may have been victims of danger."
Ita Farrelly, mitigating, said Cartwright's partner has given birth to his first child eleven days ago while he had been remanded in custody.
"Mr Cartwright knew his partner was due to give birth soon and did not want to be stopped by the police at the time" she added.
"He hopes to be a good father, a good role model."
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