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Wednesday, 19 December, 2001, 17:33 GMT
Reliant driver pleads guilty
James MacGregor, PA
MacGregor was driving without insurance or a licence
A man has pleaded guilty to driving offences after a high speed pursuit in a three-wheeled Reliant Robin car.

James MacGregor, 28, from Taunton, Somerset, who has never held a driving licence, appeared at Salisbury Magistrates Court in Wiltshire.

He pleaded guilty to two charges of theft, dangerous driving and driving without insurance or a licence.

He was arrested last Saturday after traffic police and helicopters from two police forces pursued him for nearly half an hour at speeds of up to 80mph after he was seen taking charity boxes.

"It got pretty scary when I went on just two wheels around the wrong way of a roundabout.

James MacGregor
MacGregor had been seen stealing two charity boxes from a Little Chef restaurant in Winterslow, on the A30 in Wiltshire.

After police were alerted, he then drove at high speeds through red traffic lights in built-up areas in the three-wheeled vehicle.

He also travelled the wrong way around a roundabout and then straddled the centre of a dual carriageway to try to escape the police.

He was eventually arrested in Blandford, Dorset, 23 miles from when the pursuit began.

The court heard that in police interviews he said he had borrowed the car to steal to fund his drug habit and that the pursuit had passed in a "blur".

Sentencing adjourned

MacGregor said: "I don't want to sound flippant but by the end there were six police cars and two helicopters chasing me.

"It got pretty scary when I went on just two wheels around the wrong way of a roundabout.

"I gave up after a while and tried it on foot as I couldn't shake them off. But I ran out of puff and they caught me."

Magistrates adjourned sentencing to Salisbury Crown Court for a date to be fixed and granted him unconditional bail.

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