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Man led police on high-speed chase after failing breath test

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A driver who led police on an 80mph chase around Yorkshire roads has been jailed for 12 months.

Shaun Vaile, 34, of Horbury, was also banned from getting back behind the wheel for two years.

Leeds Crown Court heard that Vaile had been stopped on the Denby Dale Road, near Wakefield, in May and was breathalysed by officers.

Finding him just over the limit, police informed the driver that he was being arrested. At this stage, the defendant panicked and struggled free.

He managed to get back to his van and sped off down the road.

Police gave chase as Vaile accelerated to speeds of up to 80mph – on a road where the speed limit was 40mph.

He also negotiated sharp bends and a hump back bridge – only wide enough for one vehicle to pass – at speed.

The driver eventually lost control of his vehicle and careered into an illuminated bollard.

Officers seized the opportunity to box the car in and Vaile was led away from the scene.

Court heard the defendant’s actions had been incredibly dangerous, but he had shown remorse and a second alcohol test carried out at the police station was shown to be negative.

Vaile subsequently admitted charges of obstructing an officer and dangerous driving and was sentenced last week.

Lester Morrill’s road traffic solicitors can offer expert advice to those facing charges including speeding, drink-driving and using a mobile phone at the wheel. For further details on how our road traffic team can assist you, please contact us today.

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