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Snodland driver jailed after police chase that started in Ditton

Police crashed into a car to bring it to a halt after it was driven dangerously near children and other pedestrians, a court heard.

Craig Roostan drove at speed in 30mph limits, shot through a red traffic light and drove on the wrong side of a blind bend.

Maidstone Crown Court heard the 23-year-old was caught travelling at 48mph in a 30mph zone by a police motorcyclist operating a speed laser gun on January 8 last year.

Police caught 17 drivers. Stock picture.

He accelerated towards the officer and continued in the Ford Fiesta in Ditton on the A20.

He turned into Woodlands Way and went through a red traffic light.

Roostan, of Higham Avenue, Snodland, turned into a petrol station forecourt causing people using it to take evasive action.

He was finally stopped by officers in a police car making a “tactical” move.

Judge Charles Macdonald QC

Roostan was jailed for nine months after admitting dangerous driving, failing to stop and having no driving licence or insurance.

He was banned from driving for three years and will have to take an extended driving test before obtaining a licence.

Paul Andrews, defending, said it was great fortune that nobody was injured by the driving.

“He makes no excuses for his behaviour,” he said. “He is more than alive to the impact.”

Roostan, who works and attends college, was a carer for his father.

"For this protracted police chase there must be a custody" - Judge Charles Macdonald

Judge Charles Macdonald QC said Roostan “gunned ahead” when asked to stop just as children were coming out of school.

“Your mitigation is very limited,” he said. “I accept there is a low risk of reoffending but for this protracted police chase there must be a custody.”

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