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Dangerous driver jailed after pursuit across East and West Malling

A reckless teenage driver who led police on a high-speed chase while disqualified from driving has been jailed.

Jordan McGrath-Coulstock, of Carnation Crescent, East Malling, was finally stopped when Kent Police officers deployed a 'stinger' device to bring the pursuit to a halt.

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Jordan McGrath-Coulstock has been jailed for dangerous driving after a police chase
Jordan McGrath-Coulstock has been jailed for dangerous driving after a police chase

The incident began when the 19-year-old was spotted behind the wheel of a Mercedes in New Road. Officers knew he was disqualified from driving, but could not apprehend him as he was in traffic heading in the opposite direction.

A short while later while searching for the banned motorist, the same officers became suspicious of an uninsured Ford Mondeo in Chapman Way.

McGrath-Coulstock was driving and he immediately tried to get away from the officers, setting off a chase which saw him recklessly travel along rural and town centre roads, at one point travelling three times the speed limit down West Malling High Street.

Eventually police deployed a 'stinger' in St Leonard’s Street, but despite puncturing the tyres of the Ford the pursuit continued until the vehicle was eventually boxed in at a roundabout which joined the A228 and the driver was arrested.

Speaking following the teenager's sentencing to 54 weeks in jail, Sgt Ben Brennan from Kent Police's roads policing unit said: "McGrath-Coulstock has repeatedly shown himself to be incapable of abiding by the most basic practices of good driving and in doing so, he endangered many lives.

"Despite regular previous engagement with Kent Police, and for reasons only known to him, he persisted with his poor and reckless manner of driving.

"His imprisonment means a significant threat to public safety is now off the roads and I hope he uses in time in custody to reflect upon his senseless behaviour and consider changing his ways."

Following the chase and his arrest on March 8, McGrath-Coulstock admitted dangerous driving, three counts of driving while disqualified and three counts of driving without insurance.

He was sentenced at Maidstone Crown Court earlier this month.

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