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Dangerous driver jailed 'for public protection' after repeatedly ignoring ban

A car valet who racked up 10 dangerous driving convictions over the course of 14 years has finally been jailed to protect other motorists.

Simon Potter, aged 30, repeatedly got behind the wheel of a car despite being disqualified, facing the courts in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2010, 2013, 2014, last year and twice this year.

Simon Potter Credit: SWNS

Sitting at Canterbury Crown Court, Judge Simon James sentenced him to just under four years behind bars.

"It is quite frankly a miracle that no-one has been killed or injured. You have clearly made a decision that the law doesn't apply to you," he told him.

"Well, the time has come for other road-users to be protected from you."

Lizzie Acker, prosecuting, told the court that on one occasion Potter had smashed into a parked car while driving at twice the speed limit in a bid to outrun police.

In April last year, she said, a police officer at Folkestone Harbour had spotted Potter behind the wheel of a black Vauxhall Astra.

He signalled to him to stop, but instead he sped off at 60mph - twice the 30mph limit.

As the officer gave chase, he eventually turned into a private campsite where he abandoned the vehicle.

Potter was jailed at Canterbury Crown Court Credit: PA

Members of the public reported a "panicked male" running out of the bushes, Ms Acker said, claiming he was being chased by someone who was trying to kill him.

He even managed to convince a woman with two children to give him a lift out of the area.

Then, in September, he was seen in a silver BMW at a petrol station near Cheriton High Street before leading police on a 50mph chase, including crashing into a parked car.

In February this year, he was once again seen driving in Folkestone - this time a red BMW - and abandoned the car to flee on foot.

He admitted a range of charges of driving dangerously while disqualified and without insurance, and was jailed for 45 months.

He was also banned from driving for six years.

Ian Bond, defending, said the prison sentence meant Potter would miss the birth of his child in six months' time.

"He offers his apologies for his behaviour which has been selfish, dangerous and self-jeopardising," Mr Bond added.