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Drink-driver jailed following police chase

July 19, 2021
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A drink-driver who swerved on to the wrong side of the road in a bid to flee from police while nearly four times over the limit has been jailed.

Startled motorists sounded their horns as Stephen Dewan headed towards them in a black van during rush-hour.

Pursuing officers also saw him take corners at speed, with other drivers veering out of his way to avoid a crash.

Dewan eventually turned into a residential street and parked up, thinking he had managed to get away from police.

But officers found him and he was arrested.

A breath test was conducted at the roadside, were the driver blew 136 micrograms per 100 millilitres of breath – almost four times the legal limit of 35 micrograms per 100 millilitres of breath.

Nottingham Crown Court heard the chase happened in Colwick on February 20 last year.

Police were tipped-off that the driver of a black Iveco van appeared to be drunk and quickly located the vehicle.

Officers illuminated their blue lights to signal the vehicle to stop. Dewan pulled over but then swore at officers before driving off at speed.

Due to the amount of traffic and pedestrians, police backed off whilst still following at a distance. They momentarily lost sight of the van before finding it parked up in Douglas Avenue, where the arrest was made.

At court, Dewan, of Hardstaff Road, Sneinton, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, failing to stop, drink-driving and driving without insurance.

The 52-year-old was sentenced to 10 months in prison and banned from driving for three years and five months.

Following the sentencing, PC Kane Dunker said: “This was an incredibly reckless display of driving that put the lives of other road users at risk.

“He had been drinking throughout the afternoon and so was slurring his words when officers arrested him. He unsteady on his feet and should have known he was in no fit state to get behind the wheel of a car. That offence alone was serious enough, but he then chose to make things even worse for himself by failing to stop for us.

“The driving that followed was truly appalling and could easily have led to someone being seriously injured or killed. Nottinghamshire Police takes offences like this very seriously and we will continue to do all in our power to take people like Dewan off our roads.

“I also hope that this case serves as a warning to others: that if we have reason to believe you are driving under the influence of alcohol we will follow you, we will pull you over, and we will ensure that you are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

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