A man has been sentenced after he drove a cloned car along a riverbank and narrow country roads while being pursued by police. Josh Lake, 30, of no fixed address, was driving a silver X3 BMW which was on false plates during the early hours of Thursday, July 2.
Lake failed to stop for police when he was noticed at 12.10am on the A17. Officers carried out a high-speed pursuit at Sutton Bridge Port which saw Lake travel alongside the river Nene while it was at full tide.
A woman and a man, both in their 20s, were also in the car at the time and police say they were put at “significant risk” with the possibility of the car entering the water. Police eventually deployed a stinger device which deflated the tyres.
Lake pleaded guilty to offences of dangerous driving, disqualified driving, driving without insurance, fail to stop and possession of a controlled drug, at an earlier hearing at Lincoln Magistrates Court. The offence of failing to stop was dealt with at the initial hearing where he was fined £50.
He appeared at Lincoln Crown Court for sentencing for the other offences on October 17. Lake was handed an eight-month sentence, suspended for two years, for the offence of dangerous driving. He was also banned from driving for 18 months and must take an extended re-test if he wishes to drive again.
The 30-year-old was also given a four-month sentence, suspended for two years, for the offence of disqualified driving. Additionally, he was handed a two-month sentence, suspended for two years, for the offence of possession of a controlled drug.
Inspector Carrie Diamond, Armed Roads Policing, Lincolnshire Police, said: “Our officers are highly trained in pursuit driving, they constantly assess the risk to other road users and themselves. This driver didn’t have a full driving licence, he’s never passed a test and was disqualified already; he put his passengers at great risk and anyone else who may have been using the roads.
“We will always target drivers who should not be on the roads. Drivers who are not qualified, drivers who take risks with no thought to others or the injuries they may cause, and drivers who use our roads to commit crime, whether that’s by driving while disqualified, dangerously, or to break into someone’s house or premises; they will always be our focus.”