Watch: Driver caught by police after 95mph chase through five villages
A dangerous driver was stopped by police after driving through five villages at speeds of up to 95mph.
Ondrej Kralik, 30, sped through the Nottinghamshire countryside until his silver Kia Creed got stuck between a parked BMW and a signpost as he tried to drive the wrong way down a one-way street in Southwell.
He had already reached a speed of 95mph during the 10-minute chase on 28 September last year, veering on to the wrong side of the road and going the wrong way around a roundabout.
Kralik, from St Ann's, Nottinghamshire, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving and was sentenced to 10 months in prison, suspended for two years.
He was also sentenced at Nothingham Crown Court on Tuesday to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work and disqualified from driving for 18 months.
The court heard Kralik had "gone off the rails" after the break-up of a relationship and had also lost his job and his home at the time of the incident.
Police dascham footage showed Kralik's vehicle hurtling through villages during the chase.
In footage played the court, Kralik's vehicle reached 86mph in a 50mph zone; he sped up to 95mph after officers flashed their headlights at him to try to make him stop; he overtook vehicles at high speed risking a head-on collision; he sped over the brow of a hill while on the wrong side of the road and he went the wrong way round a roundabout before reaching a speed of 85mph in a 30mph zone.
Officers arrested him after he wedged his Kia at the top of the one-way street.
The incident took place just six days after he committed another motoring offence that resulted in a £656 fine and having six penalty points placed on his driving licence.
Judge Nirmal Shant KC told Kralik: “This was a particularly bad piece of dangerous driving over a sustained period of time.
“I have no doubt that you only stopped because you tried to go the wrong way down a one-way route and collided with a vehicle.
“It’s only luck rather than good judgement that you didn’t cause a serious injury to someone else.”
Police tried to stop Kralik after they spotted him mount a grass verge as he overtook a car on a roundabout on Old Rufford Road in Calverton.
He then sped away, prompting the officers to turn around in order to catch up with him.
After speeding through the villages of Farnsfield, Edingley and Halam, he reached Southwell where his car got stuck.
Following the sentencing, Inspector Graham Clarke from Nottinghamshire Police said: “This was an appalling and dangerous display of driving that could very easily have ended up with someone being killed or seriously injured.
“By attempting to flee from the police he placed members of the public and himself at considerable risk.”