Officers had to use stinger to catch Audi driver in 90mph police chase

Dion Hallett, 30, reached speeds of up to 90mph during a police chase in the Rhondda
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A dangerous driver reached speeds of up to 90mph in a police chase that lasted almost half an hour. During the chase, he drove on the wrong side of the road and took roundabouts the wrong way.

Dion Hallett, 30, was seen driving an Audi erratically on the A4110 in Williamstown in the Rhondda, on February 20. He was seen by police officers on patrol, who had to drive up to 100mph in order to catch the defendant.

A sentencing hearing at Cardiff Crown Court on Friday heard Hallett was driving at 60mph in a 20mph zone and took the wrong side of a roundabout at 70mph. He overtook cars by crossing the central white line, went through red traffic lights and took a bend at 85ph. For the latest court reports, sign up to our crime newsletter here

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It took a police stinger in order to slow Hallett down, and the Audi's tyres were deflated as a result. He turned into a petrol forecourt but pulled back onto the road before abandoning the car and running off on foot, but he was later detained.

Hallett, of William Street, Ystrad, Pentre, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving and failing to stop. The court heard he has 10 previous convictions, including previous motor offences.

The court heard the defendant had dealt with the death of his partner in a "troubling way" and did not seek help for his issues. Since his remand in custody, he has become a qualified listener.

Sentencing, Recorder David Warner said: "This was 27 minutes of dangerous driving in an urban built up area. Speeds reached 90mph on occasion... This was a period of prolonged and very dangerous driving."

Hallett was sentenced to eight months imprisonment. He was also disqualified from driving for two years and four months, and to pay costs of £150.

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