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Van driver jailed over high-speed police chase in Cambridge

A van driver who led police on a dangerous 40-minute chase across Cambridge has been jailed.

Joseph Mahon, 24, accelerated away from officers in his Ford transit van, reaching twice the legal speed limit on 17 July, 2018.

During the pursuit, Mahon drove in the wrong direction along the hard shoulder of the M11.

He also reversed into officers, failed to stop at red lights and drove the wrong way round a roundabout.

Mahon broke just about every rule of the road possible as he recklessly attempted to escape from officers.

– PC Ben Patten

The pursuit came to an end after Mahon drove through a police stinger in Milton Road.

With four deflating tyres, he continued at almost twice the speed limit before turning through a no-entry sign onto the guided busway.

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  • Mahon pleaded guilty to charges of criminal damage and dangerous driving.
  • He was jailed for three years.
  • He was banned from driving for four and a half years.

PC Ben Patten said: “Mahon broke just about every rule of the road possible as he recklessly attempted to escape from officers.

“His blatantly disregarded the safety of others and I’m thankful he will not be free to drive like that for a long time.”