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Clifton: Man who jumped out of moving car in police pursuit sentenced

A driver jumped out of a moving car following a two-minute display of careless driving.

A driver tried to speed away from the police while travelling through Broxtowe.

Officers had been driving in the other direction when they spotted the 31-year-old in a car they suspected was on cloned plates.

They then did a U-turn to get behind him, he realised he was being followed and responded by spinning his car around.

Over the next few seconds, the driver then repeatedly drove recklessly and dangerously along Strelley Road, police say.

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After driving head-on towards a police car, he overtook a bus at 50 mph in a 30 mph zone, while making oncoming traffic scatter out of his way near a pedestrian crossing.

he then drove into a pub car park on Moor Road and jumped out of the vehicle while it was still moving – with the car rolling into a wall near the beer garden.

At that point, he tried to make a run for it but didn’t get far before he was caught and arrested by police.

The whole incident – which occurred at 5.30 pm on 18 June 2021 – happened in under two minutes and within metres of Broxtowe Police Station.

Thomas Roe from Clifton, would later claim that he did what he did over concerns he’d be caught with cannabis in his car.

After pleading guilty to dangerous driving and possession of Class B drugs, he appeared at Nottingham Crown Court for sentencing on Tuesday (13 February).

He was handed a 46-week prison sentence, suspended for 18 months, and was disqualified from driving for three years.

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Sergeant Neil Haynes, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “As rightly pointed out in court, Roe’s decision to drive the way he did over fears he’d get in trouble for having cannabis on him was both bizarre and incredibly reckless.

“While this incident only happened over the space of a couple of minutes and a few hundred metres, it occurred during rush hour, when there were many other motorists and pedestrians around.

“By choosing to drive towards oncoming traffic and overtake at speed like he did, Roe put everyone in his vicinity at risk of harm.

“He then compounded this by driving into a pub car park and getting out of the vehicle when it was still moving, causing it to hit a wall.

“Thankfully, nobody was harmed in this incident and it didn’t cause too much damage, although that doesn’t make what Roe did any more acceptable.

“We’re pleased to see that he’s now been sentenced for his actions.”

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