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Chef jailed for drink-driving
7:00am Wednesday 24th October 2012 in News
A 22-year-old chef left the dock in Worcester Crown Court in tears after being jailed for 15 months for a series of driving offences.
Lee Hammond, of Moat Crescent, Malvern, admitted driving dangerously with excess alcohol, without a licence and insurance and failing to stop for police.
In the early hours of August 25, a policeman saw Hammond make a clumsy turn in a Peugeot 206 near the centre of Malvern. He followed the car and clocked him doing 70mph in a 30mph area in Pickersleigh Road.
The officer used his siren and blue lights but was told to call off the three-mile chase as the rainy conditions made it too dangerous.
The Peugeot was eventually found in Madresfield Road and a breath test showed Hammond was just over twice the permitted alcohol limit. His record showed he had been disqualified before for driving with excess alcohol.
Charles Hamer, defending, said Hammond had taken to the road after a call from his girlfriend, who was in distress. He had foolishly decided to fetch her although he had been drinking. He was genuinely remorseful and had co-operated with police.
But Judge John Cavell said Hammond must have known the risks after his previous disqualification.
He had put other roadusers at risk during the chase and he had made a deliberate attempt to get away from police.
Hammond was disqualified for three years and must take an extended test.
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