Banned driver jailed after high speed city police chase
A BANNED driver has clocked up an unenviable milestone - by racking up his 25th conviction for driving while disqualified.
In his latest trip behind the wheel Gary Palmer, aged 28, drove on the wrong side of the road, exceeded speed limits, crashed into a parked car and narrowly avoided hitting a member of the public.
That came just five days after he had been in court and been prosecuted for his 24th driving while disqualified conviction.
On August 8 Palmer, of Chestnut Avenue, Gorseinon, had been given a suspended sentence and to complete to complete a motor crime probation course.
But days later on August 13 he drove his father’s Ford Ka, the keys for which he had taken from inside his home, around Gorseinon while being followed at high speed by police.
Palmer admitted aggravated vehicle taking, driving without insurance, driving while disqualified and failing to stop after an accident.
Judge Christopher Vosper told him: “You’re now 28, I would have thought by your age you should have been growing out of this sort of offending.”
Prosecuting barrister Natasha Moran told Swansea Crown Court that PC Paul Jones had been called to Gorseinon at 3.10pm.
He saw Palmer driving the car and tried to follow him.
Palmer himself later admitted he “panicked” and accelerated away from the officer.
PC Jones then followed him through a number of streets in Gorseinon and watched him exceed the speed limits.
As he reached a junction on Princess Street, Palmer “totally disregarded any other vehicle” at a stop sign and pulled out without looking, Miss Moran said.
He travelled along Alexandra Road at more than 60mph and other motorists were forced to swerve to avoid him and he narrowly missed hitting a pedestrian.
He then continued at more than 70mph and overtook a white van on a blind bend without being able to see if any traffic was oncoming.
He eventually came to a stop after colliding with a parked car and ran off trying to jump over a wall to avoid police.
Andrew Evans, for Palmer, accepted his previous convictions were “appalling”.
He said his client was addicted to heroin but was trying to deal with his issues while in custody.
Mr Evans said if his client had been able to start the probation order imposed on August 8, “we may not all be here today”.
Judge Vosper jailed Palmer for a total of 98 weeks.
He also imposed another ban on Palmer lasting for three years.