Page last updated at 18:30 GMT, Tuesday, 13 May 2008 19:30 UK

Boy detained after 110mph chase

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Five police cars pursued the teenager

A 14-year-old boy has been sentenced to youth detention for stealing a car and driving it at more than 110mph in a police pursuit.

The child, who cannot be named, drove the people carrier 30 miles from Hull to Scunthorpe chased by five police cars and a police helicopter.

Hull Magistrates' Court was told the boy, then aged 13, was arrested after he crashed into three parked cars.

He was sentenced to eight months in youth detention.

Several members of the public could have been seriously injured or worse due to the manner of this driving
Insp Kevin Limbert

The youth was told at sentencing that he had endangered the lives of dozens of motorists and pedestrians.

The court heard the boy stole the VW Touran from the Hull care home at which he was staying. He made off following an argument about his pocket money.

He sped from the city centre, weaving in and out of traffic on the Humber Bridge at more than 80mph.

Then, pursued by the police cars, he drove past a roadblock and along the hard shoulder of the M180 at more than 110mph.

'Not funny'

Eventually, officers decided it was too dangerous to continue with the car chase and the Humberside force's helicopter followed the youngster's progress until he hit three parked cars on the edge of Scunthorpe.

He fled on foot but was arrested.

The boy admitted at a previous hearing to taking the vehicle and having no licence or insurance.

After the hearing, Insp Kevin Limbert, of Humberside Police, said the youth put lives in danger.

He told BBC Radio FiveLive: "The driving was more than erratic, it was actually dangerous.

"It was far too high a speed even for a professional driver.

"This was a young teenager with limited experience, if any, of driving."

He added: "It's not joyriding. There's no fun in it. There's no funny side of this.

"Several members of the public could have been seriously injured or worse due to the manner of this driving."


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