Crazy high speed chase sees driver racing at 65mph and sparks flying off the car after police punctured tyres

Lee Price, 21, was high on cocaine when he was pursued by police in a suspected stolen car.
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A drug driver was high on cocaine when he was chased by police in what was suspected to be a stolen car. He refused to pull over and the car tires had to be punctured by a stinger.

Lee Price, 21, was spotted by police while driving along the A467 Abercarn, Caerphilly, shortly after midnight on October 24 last year. The silver Ford Ecosport was believed to be stolen so an officer in an unmarked car began following the defendant.

A sentencing hearing at Newport Crown Court on Thursday heard Price continued in the direction of Newport before turning into Risca. He then drove twice around a mini roundabout before pulling back onto the A467 and driving onto Risca.

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The officer was in no doubt the defendant was aware of his presence and called for the assistance of other officers. A stinger was later deployed and was successful in puncturing the tires of Price's vehicle, but he continued to drive at speeds up to 65mph.

He took an exit for Rogerstone but was struggling to turn the car, with the wheel rims sparking and dragging across the floor. The defendant pulled into a housing estate and surrendered himself to police.

When officers removed Price from the car his eyes were glazed and his breath smelt of alcohol. He was also found in possession of a balaclava and gloves. He tested under the legal limit for alcohol but tested positive for cocaine. The defendant later gave a reading of 39 micrograms of cocaine per litre of blood, the legal limit being 10 micrograms.

Price, of Alexandra Street, Ebbw Vale, later pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, drug driving, and driving without a licence and insurance. The court heard he was of previous good character, but had committed driving offences post this offence.

In mitigation, the court heard the defendant had been under the negative influence of peers and had suffered difficult circumstances following the death of his father. Since the offence he has obtained employment as a groundworker and has a new partner, having previously been homeless at the time of the driving offences.

Judge Daniel Williams sentenced Price to 10 months imprisonment. The defendant was also disqualified from driving for a total of two years and five months.

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