Man jailed for high speed police chase through Soham
A man who sped through Soham at 80mph in an attempt to escape police has been jailed.
Homeless Lisian Sylaj was signalled to pull over by officers on the A142 near the town on June 6, but when police approached his vehicle he accelerated away.
The 23-year-old was chased through the town, with Sylaj reaching speeds of 80mph in a 30mph zone.
He then lost control of the vehicle coming back out onto the A142, at the Fordham Road roundabout, where he skidded into a lamppost, bringing the pursuit to an end.
When officers from Cambridgeshire Police searched the car they found a baton and further checks revealed Sylaj was uninsured and had no valid licence. When questioned as to why he made off Sylaj said he was scared.
He pleased guilty to dangerous driving, possession of an offensive weapon, and driving while uninsured and without a valid licence at Cambridge Crown Court on Friday.
Sylaj was sentenced to six months in prison and has been banned from driving for two years.
After the hearing Ely based officer Sgt Ciaran Constable said: "Sylaj was audacious and showed a complete lack of respect or concern for his own safety and that of other road users or pedestrians.
“He put people in great danger as he drove at nearly three times the limit for the roads he was travelling on. He’s lucky nobody was seriously hurt, including himself.
“Topped off by the fact he was uninsured, with no licence and in possession of an offensive weapon and I’m pleased he is now behind bars.”
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