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Kurtis Bowles jailed for dangerous driving in Ashford

By Paul Hooper

An uninsured driver has been sent to prison after he was clocked doing more than three times the speed limit.

Kurtis Bowles, 21, was spotted by police in Elwick Road, Ashford in January this year.

Canterbury Crown Court heard that Bowles’ Vauxhall Astra was also uninsured during the high-speed chase through Ashford streets.

Kurtis Bowles. Credit: Kent Police
Kurtis Bowles. Credit: Kent Police

Now Bowles, of Water Lane, Smarden has been jailed for a year after being convicted of driving dangerously and without insurance.

Prosecutor Simon Taylor said two officers travelling along Station Road in Ashford saw the Vauxhall travelling at speed.

He said the police next saw Bowles ignore a red light at traffic lights, turning into Elwick Road through a 20mph zone and reached 70mph as he tried to outpace the police vehicle in New Street.

Mr Taylor said at the roundabout with New Street and Chart Road, the Vauxhall turned onto the A28 and Bowles turned the car lights off and on "in an attempt to evade police".

Bowles was caught travelling 70mph in the 20 zone
Bowles was caught travelling 70mph in the 20 zone

The chase ended after the car drove along the residential Sir Henry Brackenbury Road and came to a stop in Godfrey Marchant Grove, where Bowles exited and hid behind a parked vehicle, before handing himself over to officers.

He was also banned from driving for three years.

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