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Drunk Ashford dad jailed for 120mph police chase through Kent

A drunk father led police on a high speed chase of up to 120mph undertaking cars and mowing over a roundabout.

Judge Mark Weekes told William Harris it was “little short of a miracle nobody was killed” as police pursued his Mercedes through Kent.

Harris also smoked a joint before embarking. Stock picture
Harris also smoked a joint before embarking. Stock picture

Canterbury Crown Court heard the 51-year-old was two-and-a-half times the legal alcohol limit, as he tried to slip patrols.

Harris told officers he “was p*****” and “trying to swerve it (arrest)" after he was caught.

The chase started when officers illuminated their blue lights and Harris, who was driving suspiciously, sped onto the A229 Thanet Way, prosecutor Peter Forbes explained.

He accelerated to 110 mph in traffic undertaking several vehicles, racing towards the Herne Bay junction and came off the slip road.

In the dark he then reached speeds of up to 120mph before undertaking another car, driving over a traffic island and breaking red lights before rejoining the A229.

"You were responsible for driving two tons of lethal steel at 120mph while drunk and high - this was breathtakingly reckless driving..." — Judge Weekes

After coming to a stop he also admitted smoking a cannabis joint, Canterbury Crown Court heard.

The court heard Harris, of Ashford, has a history of driving offences alongside more serious crimes - wounding with intent, kidnap and false imprisonment.

Mitigating Kerry Waite highlighted nobody was injured and his client complied with officers after his arrest.

Harris panicked on seeing the blue lights and was being jeered on by a friend wanted by police who escaped, the barrister added.

Jailing Harris for 15 months, Judge Weekes said: “You were responsible for driving two tons of lethal steel at 120mph while drunk and high - this was breathtakingly reckless driving.

“In my judgement it is little short of a miracle you or others were not killed or seriously injured.”

Harris pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, excess alcohol, no insurance and driving without a licence at a previous hearing.

He was banned from the roads.

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