Motorist that reached 145mph with dog on lap jailed for 14 months.
Driver Hits 145mph With Dog On Lap
The motorist that took police on a 145mph chase with a dog on his lap has been jailed for 14 months and banned from driving for 5 years, the Northern Echo reports. Teesside Crown Court heard that Alan Richardson, 46, consumed several bottles of cider then climbed behind the wheel in search of a tibetan terrier that had escaped through a window. Mr Richardson – of Lindisfarne Avenue in Stockton – found the animal close to home at approximately 3am. Moments later, the police noticed his parked vehicle and became suspicious.
Richardson panicked and tried to evade the authorities. His Audi A3 Hatchback hit 80mph on residential streets, 120mph on the A19 south-bound, and 145mph on the A174 towards east Cleveland. The court head that he struggled to maintain control during the 20 minute pursuit. The police called for air support to keep track of his car then a stinger – that punctured its tyres – to bring it to a halt. When stationary, the police found a dog sitting on the offender's lap. Mr Richardson was also above the drink-drive limit.
Driver That Hit 145mph With Dog On Lap “Stupid”
Peter Wishlade, mitigating, told the court that the former lorry driver accepted his actions were "stupid, reprehensible and unacceptable". He explained that he now knows the tibetan terrier can open the window latch and leave the property. Mr Wishlade continued: it escaped on this particular night”, that it “was the first time”, and that the offender had consumed “3 reasonable-size bottles” of cider. He explained that Richardson: ”Went out on foot looking for the dog but could not find it then made the first of his wrong choices, to go back and get the car to widen the search." Mr Wishlade concluded that the offender suffers with mental health problems as a result of mounting debts and is now "up the creek".
Driver That Hit 145mph With Dog On Lap “Exceedingly Dangerous”
Judge Simon Bourne-Arton QC, the Recorder of Middlesbrough, told Richardson: "This is as bad a piece of dangerous driving as I've come across. What you did was drive in an exceedingly dangerous fashion over a prolonged period and over a prolonged distance. You knew you had too much to drink”, he emphasised. “Looking for a dog is no excuse for you getting into a car in that condition. Very soon after the pursuit started you were aware you were being pursued by a police car - and you could and should have stopped”. He concluded: "You exposed members of the public to serious risk, if not death."