Drink driver who fled from police jailed for ten months

Our driving instructors in Bedford are always keen to teach our pupils the dangers of drinking and driving.  Things didn’t end well for this driver from Rushden.

A DRINK driver who sped off as he was about to be arrested, injuring a police officer, crashed into some railings shortly after.

Tests showed that brewery worker Adam Bundy, 34, from Farnham Drive, Rushden, was more than twice over the legal limit having been drinking brandy in a pub in Bedford town centre.

He appeared before Luton Crown Court on Friday where he pleaded guilty to dangerous driving and driving with excess alcohol and was jailed for ten months. He was also banned from driving for four years.

Helen Guest, prosecuting, said the events happened on May 3 this year at 2am. Police officers in an unmarked car had been tipped off by CCTV operators to watch for the black BMW being driven by Bundy.

They stopped it in Duck Mill Lane, where Bundy dropped off two female passengers, but as one officer was reaching into the vehicle to take the keys, Bundy drove off at speed.

Miss Guest said: “Fortunately the officer managed to break free. They lost sight of the car but minutes later saw it had crashed into railings at the Longholme roundabout and Bundy was walking away.

“The officer was not seriously injured but had cuts and grazes to his arm.

“The defendant was very frank with police and said that because he had been caught drink driving twice in the past he formed the intention to drive away.”

The court heard that he was breath tested positively in 2003 and 2008.

Paul Orton, defending, said Bundy had been in a pub when a fight spilled outside. He was afraid his car would be damaged and decided to drive it away.

Mr Orton said: “When he was stopped he decided to drive off in sheer, absolute panic. He accepts his driving was totally unacceptable and is very very sorry about the whole thing.”

Judge Stuart Bridge told Bundy: “It is very fortunate the officer suffered only minor injuries. It was an incredibly stupid thing you did and the consequences could have been very serious.

“I accept that custody will have a serious impact on your employment and accommodation but I take the view it is absolutely inevitable.”

Written by JULIA SUTTON BOS

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