A drink-driver who led police on an early morning pursuit through Peterborough before ramming a squad car has been jailed.
Nicholas Moore (40) of Appletree Close, Yaxley, sped through the Fengate area of the city at about 2am, before getting trapped by a gate.
It is clear he had some form of panic. He says he did not deliberately ram the police car.Nenad Spasojevic
He tried to escape by reversing into a police car, but was arrested.
On Friday he appeared at Peterborough Crown Court, where he was jailed for 10 months by Judge Sean Enright,
He was also banned from driving for four years.
Peter Gair, prosecuting, said: “Police were called to Eastfield Road at about 2am on May 16 this year following a road incident.
“Officers saw a Nissan Primera, which was being driven by the defendant, driving out of Reeves way, ignoring red lights.
“The officers put on the blue lights to stop the car, but he carried on driving. The officers were not pursuit trained, so called for back-up.”
The car was driven through Peterborough to Fengate, where it sped up to 70mph - turning its lights off on the unlit, dar roads.
Eventually the car was driven down a gravel track road, where the path was blocked by a metal gate.
Moore rammed the car into the gate, before trying to reverse into the following police car.
The car was stopped, and Moore arrested. He was breathalysed, and gave a reading of 67mg in 100ml of breath - nearly double the 35mg limit.
The court was also told Moore had been banned from driving in 2012 after admitting another offence of drink driving.
Nenad Spasojevic, defending, said: “He has pleaded guilty, and made admissions.
“He has developed a dependency on alcohol, brought on by trauma he had as a child and tragedies very close to him.”
The court was told Moore runs a garage business in Fengate, which employed two other people.
Mr Spasojevic added: “It is clear he had some form of panic. He says he did not deliberately ram the police car.”