Jail possible for joyrider who led police on car chase

PUBLISHED: 12:35 28 January 2019

Exeter Crown Court. Picture: Archant

Exeter Crown Court. Picture: Archant


A joyrider who stole a car is facing a jail sentence after he drove it dangerously while being chased by police.

Joshua Conabeare, who was banned from driving in 2017 for his part in stealing and crashing a double decker bus in Exmouth, took a VW Golf from Crediton on May 5 last year.

He drove it out of Devon on the A30 and then drove dangerously along a stretch of the A30 and A303 near Ilminster, South Petherwin and Montacute.

Conabeare, aged 22, formerly of Exmouth, but now homeless in Exeter, admitted taking a car without authority, driving while disqualified, dangerous driving and refusing a breath test.

Judge Peter Johnson remanded him in custody at Exeter Crown Court on Friday, January 25, and ordered a pre-sentence report.

He told him: “I can give no indication of the sentence. This was a very bad bit of driving with a number of aggravating features.”

Conabeare was ordered to pay £100 and banned from driving in 2017 when he and a 17-year-old friend took a double decker bus from Exmouth bus station and crashed it into traffic lights on Gypsy Lane.

He admitted allowing himself to be carried on a vehicle which had been taken without consent.

If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Exmouth Journal. Click the link in the orange box above for details.

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Comments have been disabled on this article.

Latest from the Exmouth Journal