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Haverhill police-chase driver jailed for two years

Jonathan Jolly, photo courtesy of Suffolk Police
Jonathan Jolly, photo courtesy of Suffolk Police

A car was travelling so fast that it left the ground during a police chase in Haverhill, a court has heard.

Jonathan Jolly, 40, pictured,was spotted driving a Ford Focus erratically in Chalkstone Way during the early hours of October 21.

Ipswich Crown Court was told on Thursday that Jolly, who has 14 previous convictions for driving whilst disqualified, failed to stop and swerved the wrong way around a roundabout.

At times Jolly was travelling at 50mph through 30mph limits and drove over speed humps so fast that the car was ‘flying in the air’, said Matthew Morgan, prosecuting.

As the chase continued through the Clements Estate, Jolly switched off the lights of his vehicle and collided with two parked cars, causing £1,000 worth of damage to one.

Jolly, of no fixed address, stopped his car and ran off but police officers gave pursuit on foot and arrested him.The court heard that Jolly had pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, driving whilst disqualified and failing to stop after an accident.

He also admitted being in breach of a two year suspended prison sentence imposed last September for driving offences, producing cannabis and handling stolen goods.

In mitigation, Lindsay Cox said Jolly had been suffering from poor health.

Mr Recorder Ian Evans sentenced Jolly to two years imprisonment. He also imposed a two-year driving ban when Jolly is released from prison.When the ban expires, Jolly was told he must undertake an extended retest before getting his licence back.

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