Teenager in high speed chase through Marlborough walks free from court (From The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald)
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Teenager in high speed chase through Marlborough walks free from court
A teenager found with more than £1,000 worth of skunk cannabis after leading police on a high speed chase has walked free from court.
Joshua Grant sped away from officers when they tried to stop him believing he wasn’t wearing a seatbelt.
Despite initially pulling over on Marlborough High Street he sped away and tore up Kingsbury Street before abandoning the car in a housing estate at the top of the hill.
When police searched his home in the early hours of the following morning they found a bag of drugs hidden under the kitchen sink.
But after prosecutors accepted he had the skunk for himself and his girlfriend and no one else a judge said he had to sentence him on that basis.
Tessa Hingston, prosecuting, told Swindon Crown Court on Friday officers tried to pull over the Citroen Saxo at about 10.30pm on February 29.
But after stopping, the car sped along the High Street, past the town hall causing pedestrians to jump out of the way.
She said as the pursuing officer followed up the hill he noticed the speedometer on the patrol car was registering 60mph.
The car was dumped with Grant ran running away and when police looked inside the vehicle they found about £10 worth of skunk.
But when they went to his home they found 100 grams of the drug, with a street value of up to £1,380, under the kitchen sink.
They also recovered a set of scales, a cannabis grinder and £1,060 in £20 notes.
When he was questioned he admitted he had been driving but said the drugs were his and later accepted he would have shared some with his girlfriend.
Grant, of Porth Close, Oakhurst, Swindon, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving and possessing cannabis with intent to supply.
He also admitted having no insurance and driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence.
The court heard that he had a conviction for supplying and producing cannabis from 2009, when he was a youth.
Rob Ross, defending, said the Crown accepted his basis of plea that he would only supply drugs to his girlfriend.
He said: “The dangerous driving is up Kingsbury Hill at speed and that would be dangerous in anyone’s book.”
Passing sentence Judge Douglas Field said: “You are a young man of 19 and your liking for cannabis has got you into trouble several times before and here you are again pleading guilty to possession of the drug with intent to supply.
“You wanted to try and get away from the police officer. This was a chase. You were lucky that there was no accident and no pedestrians were injured.”
He imposed an eight month jail term suspended for a year with 140 hours of unpaid work and told him to go to an attendance centre.
The judge also banned him from the road for a year and until he passed an extended test and fined him £50. He also forfeited the drugs and money.