Wild-eyed banned driver jailed for ‘cat and mouse’ chase with police

A banned driver with a wild mugshot has been jailed for leading police on a “cat and mouse” chase.

Ross Hodgkinson, 31, who was living in his car, chucked a zombie knife out the window as he tried to escape.

When officers eventually tried to block him he smashed into a patrol car, DerbyshireLive reports.

During the pursuit he went through five sets of red traffic lights and took a blind bend on the wrong side of the road, which forced a car to swerve to avoid a crash.

The motorist also strayed on to the opposite carriageway during the Derby centre chase in the early hours of September 8.

After his arrest he gave a negative test to alcohol but refused a drug test, saying “I am not doing it”.

He admitted dangerous driving and a string of other charges and was locked up for 12 months at Derby Crown Court.

His lawyer said it was all down to drugs – namely the synthetic cannabis mamba, also known as spice.

Judge Shaun Smith QC said: “You started by playing cat and mouse with them and you initially thought you were having a good time leading them on a merry dance.

“But things then took a more serious turn on Staker Lane when you took a blind bend on the wrong side of the road and another vehicle had to swerve to avoid colliding with you.

“You tried to get away even after going over the stinger device and you crashed into at least one police car when they tried to box you in.”

Sarah Slater, prosecuting, said four police cars followed him.

She told the court: “He goes through at least five sets of red traffic lights, stops in the middle of junctions and starts making hand gestures to police out of the window.

“He tries to resist when they detain him and his demeanour is such that officers believed the defendant might be on drugs or alcohol.

“At the police station he gives a negative test to alcohol but then he refuses to have a drug test saying ‘I am not doing it’.”

Asked what it was all about Christopher Brewin, mitigating, said: “Drugs, I’m afraid.

"Essentially mamba.

“At the time he was living in the car so he had the knife for his own protection.”

Hodgkinson, of no fixed address, was also disqualified for three-and-a-half years.

He admitted dangerous driving, driving while disqualified, failing to provide a specimen for analysis, driving without insurance, resisting a police officer and possession of a bladed article.

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