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Drink-driver jailed after Nottinghamshire police pursuit

A banned and drunk motorist who led police on a dangerous pursuit through a town centre has been jailed.

Christian Evans, aged 33, was seen passing through a red light by a police officer on patrol in Nottingham Road, Mansfield, in the early hours of 17 July 2022.

When the officer pulled alongside and signalled for Evans to stop, he ignored the direction and sped away in his Renault Clio.

Evans drove excessively over the speed limit along Portland Street, Stockwell Gate, Sutton Road and Sheep Bridge Lane.

He passed through another red light before crashing into a BMW which had the right of way at the junction of Atkin Lane and Berry Hill Lane.

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Evans was found to be almost double the drink-drive limit when he was later tested.

Evans, of Robin Hood Avenue, Warsop, was jailed for 15 months at Nottingham Crown Court on Wednesday 9 November 2022 after being convicted of dangerous driving, driving while above the limit, driving while disqualified, driving without insurance and failing to stop.

He was also further banned from driving for five years, seven-and-a-half months.

Police Constable Jake Jackson, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “Evans was already banned when he decided to get behind the wheel while over the limit.

“He drove dangerously at excessive speeds through Mansfield – putting other road users and police officers at serious risk.

“I am pleased he has been jailed and hope he will spend the time thinking about his selfish actions, and how lucky he is no one was seriously hurt when he got behind the wheel that night.

“It is sad that people still drink-drive when it is rightly seen as one of the worst offences by the majority of society.

“I also hope the sentence sends a clear message to other drivers – if you are found to be breaking the law and putting other people’s lives at risk you will be prosecuted and brought before the court.”

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