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Low speed police chase ends in court appearance for Fenland moped rider

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A low-speed police pursuit by Fenland police ended when the moped collided with the patrol car.

Rider Joshua Lack, 23, had been trying to flee from officers at 25mph, magistrates in King's Lynn heard on Thursday.

A bag found near the collision location contained just over three grams of cocaine.

King's Lynn Magistrates' Court (57247714)
King's Lynn Magistrates' Court (57247714)

The pursuit began at about 9.45pm on April 16 in Smeeth Road, Marshland St James, and ended in Hungate Road, Emneth.

Lack had ignored an indication by officers to pull over.

“He did not stop and continued at slow pace. Eventually he was in contact with the police car and falls off into a hedge,” said prosecutor Hannah Butler.

Lack tested positive for cannabis on a drug wipe but refused to give a blood sample in custody, citing fear of needles.

He told police he had gained a job and got the moped to commute. He had insured it but this was invalid as he did not have a licence.

In court he pleaded guilty to failing to provide a sample, possession of a class A drug, having no licence, no insurance and failing to stop for police.

Solicitor George Sorrell, mitigating, said his client had panicked and it was “quite preposterous” for Lack to make the decision to try and outrun the police at 25mph.

“He had no insurance because he had no licence. He compounded his problems by failing to provide the blood specimen.

“He offered the explanation that he was frightened of needles but there’s no medical evidence to support that as any type of defence.

“This incident has led to him losing his job in a wood yard. They found it impossible to continue to employ him and he’s now on Universal Credit.”

Lack, of Doddington Road, Wimblington, was banned from driving for 20 months and told to do 80 hours’ unpaid work as part of a 12-month community order.

He was ordered to pay £95 victim surcharge and £50 costs.

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