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Drug driver who fled from police at more than 130mph is jailed

Last modified: 11 June 2021 at 04:43pm

A drug driver has been jailed for trying to evade police at speeds of more than 130mph before crashing into a police car.

>> WATCH the pursuit footage here

Tests proved William Geoffrey Mann, 22, (pictured) had used cocaine and was several times over the limit when he was arrested.

Dramatic footage of the pursuit that led to his arrest shows Mann reaching 137mph on rural roads and 90 mph in villages around Wetherby and Boroughbridge in a Mercedes.

After failing to stop for officers in Kirk Deighton near Wetherby, he speeds through villages at up to three times the 30mph limit. He heads through Hunsingore, Cattal, Whixley, Aldborough, Boroughbridge and Bishop Monkton, using rural roads to try to escape.

But the traffic sergeant following him is a highly-trained advanced pursuit driver and knows the roads well.

Officers on the ground and in the Force Control Room work together to anticipate his movements and form a plan to bring the pursuit to an end.

Police pursuit footage
Mann accelerates hard to more than 130mph

They close in on him in Burton Leonard and where they are ready to deploy stingers in a number of locations. But Mann crashes into an unmarked police car and is arrested. Fortunately nobody was injured during the incident, which happened in late September.

Police pursuit footage
He reaches more than 70mph in residential areas of Boroughbridge

Mann, a delivery worker from Wetherby, was taken into custody and charged with drug driving, dangerous driving and failing to stop.

He pleaded guilty and was jailed for eight months at York Crown Court today. He was also banned from driving for a year and will have to take an extended retest.

Police pursuit footage
The pursuit ends when Mann crashes into a police car, causing front-end damage

Sergeant Julian Pearson, of the Roads Policing Group, captured the pursuit on his police in-car video system  and led the investigation against Mann.

He said: “Mann made a conscious decision to fail to stop for the police, his judgement clouded by his recent drug usage. This combined with dangerous high speed driving is a lethal combination.

“This was a prolonged, determined and dangerous attempt to evade capture for drug driving, putting himself, his passengers, other road users and the police at serious risk.”

Sgt Pearson added: “When a vehicle is requested to stop and the driver refuses, the police have no idea why. It could be for a multitude of reasons and in Mann’s case it was for drug driving. Had he stopped then he would have been dealt for that offence and most likely not in prison as he is today.

“We make absolutely no apologies for catching drivers like Mann  – we regularly see the carnage and heartbreak they cause innocent people. So I’m glad the courts have taken another dangerous driver off our roads and have protected our communities.”


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