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Drunk farmer's son in high-speed cop chase; He 'took off' over roundabout.


A FARMER'S son driving his dad's Land Rover Discovery became airborne at a traffic island during a high speed police chase.

When the 4x4 - driven by 21-year-old Carwyn Emyr Owen - landed, two of its tyres burst, Mold Crown Court heard.

Prosecutor Gareth Parry said police were on patrol in Garth Road, Bangor, at about 3.30am on March 6 when they saw a Land Rover Discovery travelling at speed and which had a defective light.

They followed it, it continued to drive at excess speed as it turned into Holyhead Road and officers could see it contained three people.

They had their blue flashing lights on but Owen passed a number of suitable stopping places.

He drove past the Antelope pub, a 40mph restricted area, at 60mph and overtook vehicles approaching a roundabout by crossing double white lines. The Discovery went the wrong way around an island and reached 70 mph.

It then went over a traffic island and left the carriageway.

"It was airborne for a period of time and when it landed the left side front and back tyres blew out," said Mr Parry.

The vehicle slowed down dramatically but continued for another 500 yards before stopping.

Police pulled up alongside, the defendant was taken from the driving seat and a roadside breathtest was positive.

Owen of Bryn Ddiol, Gaerwen, was found to be more than twice the drink driving limit with 75 microgrammes of alcohol in his breath - the limit is 35.

Judge Dafydd Hughes said he was fortunate someone had not been seriously injured or even killed.

Owen admitted dangerous driving, drink driving and failing to stop.

He received a 26-week prison sentence, suspended for 18 months, ordered to carry out 200 hours unpaid work and he will be tagged for the next three months to ensure that he remains at home between 8pm and 6am.

The judge banned him from driving for 18 months and ordered him to take an extended driving test. He must pay pounds 300 costs.

James Coutts, defending, said Owen worked for his father on the family farm. The inevitable driving ban would cause difficulties.

He normally drove on public highways between the six farms within the business.

In addition to his usual farm duties he was allowed to use machinery for contracting purposes and he would be unable to do that either.
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jun 4, 2011
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