Man drove at 100mph after stealing car

In the courts
In the courts

A man took his partner’s Ford Focus car without permission and rammed a police car, trapped a police officer’s arm and then drove off at speeds of up to 100mph on roads near Horncastle, a court has heard.

Jordan Mends, 23, of Gough Grove, Long Eaton, Derby, admitted driving with excess alcohol and without insurance, aggravated vehicle taking and dangerous driving and driving whilst disqualified, when he appeared at Skegness Magistrates Court last Tuesday.

Daniel Pietryka, prosecuting, said that in October, Mends took his partner’s car without permission from Ingoldmells and was seen by police on the A158, driving slowly but swerving in the road.

Mr Pietryka said the car stopped in a car park and police pulled in front of him with their blue lights on. The accused drove into the police car’s door and when officers shouted at him to get out of the car, he tried to restart it but stalled.

An officer smashed the driver’s window but Mends reversed with the officer’s arm trapped between the steering wheel and the door, causing a sprained wrist.

The court heard Mends drove towards Hagworthingham at 80mph and accelerated to 100mph before reaching High Toynton where he was stopped by a police stinger device. Mends was arrested and a breathalyser showed a reading of 51 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35.

Mitigating, Morgan Hogarth said Mends was not aware it was a police car that was in the car park, because its lights were not flashing.

Magistrates said they did not have sufficient powers to sentence Mends and he was given unconditional bail for sentence at Lincoln Crown Court at a later date.