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Teenage driver who crashed into wall jailed

A teenage driver who led police on a high-speed chase before crashing his car into a wall has been jailed.

Rocky Price bolted from officers at nearly three times the speed limit after being spotted driving erratically.

Despite multiple requests to pull over, the 18-year-old ignored officers and instead drove on the wrong side of the road, narrowly avoiding oncoming traffic.

A short pursuit then took place around the Newark area, with Price reaching a top speed of 80mph in a 30mph zone on 14 June 2022.

Having somehow managed to avoid causing an accident up until this point, Price collided with three stationary cars, causing significant damage to each of them.

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Price finally came to an abrupt stop after losing control of his car and ploughing straight into a garden wall outside a house in London Road, Newark.

He was arrested at the scene of the crash and then taken to hospital as a precaution after sustaining minor injuries from the incident.

Price, of no fixed address, was later charged with dangerous driving, failing to stop, driving while disqualified and driving without insurance.

He appeared before Nottingham Magistrates’ Court on 16 June 2022, where he pleaded guilty to all the charges and was remanded in custody.

Price then attended Nottingham Crown Court for sentencing on Thursday (11 August), where he was jailed for 14 months.

Inspector Matt Ward, District Commander for Newark and Sherwood, said: “This was an incredibly dangerous display of driving that could’ve quite easily ended in tragedy.

“It is only thanks to the skills of the road crime team in pursuit, as well as sheer luck, that Price’s actions didn’t result in someone being seriously injured.

“His driving that night was reckless in the extreme and not what anyone wants to see, not just in Newark but on any of our roads across the county.

“There is absolutely no excuse for any motorist to drive so erratically.

“It’s important that all motorists understand that speed limits exist solely to keep people safe and to reduce the chances of them coming to harm.

“The force is committed to keeping Nottinghamshire’s roads safe, so will always respond swiftly to any reports we receive of dangerous driving.

“We are pleased to see that Price has now been sentenced and we hope that he uses his time behind bars to reflect on the consequences of his actions.”

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