Exmouth: police chase drink driver banned

PUBLISHED: 16:17 15 November 2016 | UPDATED: 16:17 15 November 2016

Exeter Crown Court. Picture: Alex Walton

Exeter Crown Court. Picture: Alex Walton

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Jayson Mahlangu, 22, of Fore Street, Exmouth, has been banned from driving for driving while over the limit. He had no licence or insurance and overturned the car when when police tried to stop him.

A carnival night reveler from Exmouth has been banned from driving after he borrowed his partner’s car and crashed it during a police chase.

Jayson Mahlangu, aged 22, took girlfriend Rosanna Tucker’s Vauxhall Corsa after she went to sleep and drove to Exeter to pick up a friend.

Exeter Crown Court heard Mahlangu had been drinking at the Exmouth carnival, had no licence or insurance and panicked when police tried to stop him.

He led them on a chase along the A376 Topsham to Exmouth road in which he forced other cars to swerve away as he overtook the wrong side of traffic islands and double yellow lines.

His Corsa then veered off into narrow country lanes where police chased him at speed until he drove through at speed before crashing into a hedge just outside the village of Woodbury, and rolling the car.

The police were tipped off after another motorist reported Mahlangu for driving erratically on Topsham Road in Exeter and a patrol car tried to stop him near the George and Dragon pub at Clyst St George.

Labourer Mahlangu, who is an expert kick boxer, of Fore Street, Exmouth, admitted drink driving, dangerous driving, and having no licence and insurance.

He was banned from driving for 18 months, ordered to do 120 hours unpaid community work, fined £200 and ordered to pay £300 compensation and £285 costs by Judge Robert Linford at Exeter Crown Court.

The Judge told Mahlangu he was not going to send him to jail because his partner has just given birth to his child, who was born prematurely, and is still in a special care intensive baby unit.

The Judge told him: “You were under the influence of alcohol when you borrowed this car and drove when you knew you should not have done.

“When the police lay in wait and followed you, you drove dangerously on a number of roads, failing to stop, going through junctions and exceeding the speed limit.

“You did not stop and ultimately you rolled the car onto its roof. Thereafter, you came to your senses and cooperated with the police.

“Three things save you from a prison sentence. First, your guilty plea; second, your extremely good and impressive work references; and third, the position of you and your partner having a new born baby in intensive care.”

Miss Charlotte Ash, prosecuting, said Mahlangu and his partner had been to the Exmouth Carnival on the night of October 8 and he took her car after she went to bed at 9.45 pm.

He drove to Exeter to pick up a friend but police were tipped off about his erratic driving on Topsham Road and tried to stop him on the A376 at the George and Dragon.

He started to slow down but then sped off, overtaking cars on the wrong side of a traffic island and forcing oncoming traffic to swerve or brake.

The black Corsa took off into country lanes at Pink House corner and went through Woodbury before it hit a hedge, rolled and crashed on a sharp bend just outside the village.

Mahlangu told police: “Alright, alright, I’m the driver and I haven’t got a licence.” he later gave a breath test reading of 47 microgrammes, compared to the limit of 35.

Mr Warren Robinson handed the judge a letter from Rosanna Tucker which asked him not to jail Mahlangu so he could be with their seriously ill child and offer her emotional support.

The court was told Mahlangu is working up to 12 hours a day as a labourer to provide for his family.

A probation report said Mahlangu was remorseful, had acted impulsively while under the influence of drink, and told the report writer: “I was stupid, I did not intend to cause havoc.”

He is a martial arts enthusiast who does not normally drink but had recently returned from a family funeral in South Africa.

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