Thursday, January 27

Banned driver led police on 100mph chase while his partner was in LABOUR next to him



A banned driver led police on a 100mph chase while his girlfriend was in labour next to him – before dumping his car and leaving her in a “hysterical” state, a court heard.

Kyle Stogden, 21, ran red lights and mounted grass verges in a bid to get away from police before abandoning the car with his girlfriend still inside.

Police called an ambulance which rushed the mum-to-be to hospital, where she gave birth to her child following an emergency Caesarian section.

Police had initially tried to pull Stogden over onto the hard shoulder of the M621 motorway near Morley, Leeds, West Yorks., but he sped off away from officers, leading them on a high-speed chase where he clocked up 122mph as he sped towards the city centre.

After leaving the motorway, Stogden ran red lights and drove onto grass verges in a bid to pass stationary vehicles as he approached the Armley area of Leeds.

He then sped up to 80mph along the Stanningley bypass, which has a speed limit of 40mph.

He abandoned the car behind a takeaway in Armley, before disappearing over a wall.

Stogden was arrested by officers and told them he had panicked after spotting the police car because he was disqualified from driving.

He said he had only got behind the wheel because his girlfriend had gone into labour and he needed to get her to hospital.

Stogden, from Leeds, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, driving while disqualified and having no insurance.

He had previously been convicted for drink driving and was subjected to a suspended prison sentence at the time of the incident.

A probation officer told the court that Stogden’s partner had given birth the day of the chase and the baby was now six weeks old.

The officer said Stogden had been complying with his suspended sentence, which had been imposed in April, and he had been carrying out unpaid work.

Stogden was given an additional suspended sentence of six months, suspended for two years. He was also banned from driving for two years.

Judge James Spencer, QC, said: “We will have to stop meeting like this. This is your very last chance. You are old enough to know your responsibilities.”