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Gravesend driver John Peyto in 130mph police chase from Rochester to Blackfen

12 March 2014
by Keith Hunt
A driver has been jailed following a police chase at speeds of up to 130mph which ended with him crashing into a bus and other vehicles.
 
John Peyto sped off in an Audi A6 after officers spotted him in Rochester on October 7 last year and tried to stop him.
 
Maidstone Crown Court heard he headed through Strood and then towards London on the A2.
 
A rev counter

A rev counter

 
Despite three lanes being coned off and there being a line of traffic, Peyto drove into the “sterile” area and shot off again at 100mph.
 
Prosecutor Allister Walker said the car was weaving in and out of traffic as it hit 130mph. Peyto changed his mind about taking the Wilmington exit and continued towards Bexley.
 
He reached the Black Prince interchange at double the 50mph speed limit. After the Danson interchange he crashed into a Vauxhall Corsa injuring the driver, Paul Hackney.
 
The Audi finally came to a halt when Peyto tried to squeeze through a gap between the London bus and a Vauxhall Signum in Blendon Road, Blackfen. A police car was also damaged.
 
Peyto ran off but was arrested. He told officers: “I am going back to jail. I’ve only been out two months on licence.”
 
The case was heard at Maidstone Crown Court

The case was heard at Maidstone Crown Court

 
He asked sarcastically: “What did you think of my driving?”
 
The 21-year-old, of Hampton Crescent, Gravesend, was sentenced to 12 months and banned from driving for four years after admitting dangerous driving.
 
He was previously recalled to prison to serve the remainder of an 18-month sentence for robbery and breach of a suspended sentence, which is due to expire in May.
 
“What did you think of my driving?” - John Peyto, after being caught doing 130mph
Gerald Mohabir, defending, said Peyto attempted suicide in September last year and was then treated in Little Brook Hospital in Dartford.
 
He was diagnosed with a personality disorder and psychosis. His condition had become stable.
 
Mr Mohabir said Peyto panicked when he saw the police because he feared going back into custody.
 
Judge Charles Macdonald QC said it was not clear to him that Peyto’s mental disorder played any part in the offence.


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