High-speed driver said he was so intoxicated 'I didn't know where I was going' after Grimsby pursuit

A Bargate junction, in Grimsby, where Flood drove through red lights
-Credit: (Image: Donna Clifford/Grimsby Live)


After a 20-minute high-speed police pursuit through Grimsby town centre, a motorist said "I was so p***** I didn't know where I was going".

He ended up abandoning his Citroen C3 down a cul-de-sac off Chantry Lane and running off down an alleyway, but was soon apprehended by police officers. At Grimsby Crown Court, Jake Flood, 30, of no fixed address, told the court: "I thought it was someone who was going to do me in."

He admitted dangerous driving and failing to provide a specimen of blood on April 22, this year. He also admitted driving with no insurance and not in accordance with a licence and possession of a small amount of cannabis.

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Prosecuting, Richard Butters said the pursuit had not involved any damage or injury which was "more luck, rather than good judgement". Mr Butters said the vehicle was spotted initially at 9.10pm on the A180 heading towards Grimsby and was trailed by police onto Weelsby Road.

He drove his car as if to stop close to a parked police car and switched his headlights off. But he then drove on to the pavement and drove for a distance of 30 metres before rejoining the road.

Mr Butters said: "Luckily there were no pedestrians. If there had been, they would not have been visible." He drove towards Bargate and illuminated his lights as police pursued with blue flashing lights and sirens. Flood accelerated away and overtook a number of vehicles speeding at 60mph in the 30mph zone.

Mr Butters said: "It was a built up area and it was dark and the roads were wet." At Westward Ho, the Citroen driver went through a red light at 60mph.

"It was extremely lucky no one was coming out of the junction. He went on and overtook a couple of other vehicles and approached roadworks on Bargate where there were oncoming vehicles as he went through the red light on the temporary traffic lights at 55mph. They had to take evasive action as he drove towards Deansgate," told Mr Butters.

Flood jumped a red light on to Frederick Ward Way and another red light into Cartergate. He went down a road with a No Entry sign which had parked vehicles on both sides. He ignored road signs to give way and drove into Earl Street and then into Chantry Lane.

He abandoned the car at a dead end and ran off into an alleyway where police apprehended him at 9.29pm. A roadside test returned a positive result for cannabis and cocaine. When in custody at the police station, he was asked if he had taken any drugs.

Mr Butters said: "He laughed and said he had six grams of cocaine. He refused to give a blood sample. In his pre-sentence report he told an officer he was p***** and could not remember where he was going."

The prosecutor said he declined a police interview after refusing to leave the police cell. He listed Flood's previous convictions which included possession of heroin and interference with vehicles and theft.

Representing himself, Flood said he was "very apologetic". He added: "I suffer from PTSD. I thought it was someone that was going to do me in. I need help in the outside environment. I had too much to drink, that's all." He also complained that the jails were full up.

Judge Andrew Hatton said Flood had shown "utter disregard for other road users". He said the defendant had committed the offence just six days after being released from prison for other offences. The judge jailed him for 12 months for dangerous driving and two months for failure to provide a specimen of blood.

No separate penalty was imposed for the other driving offences. He banned Flood from driving for three years and seven months, to which the defendant replied: "Top one!"