Crewe man jailed after driving into telegraph pole during police pursuit Date published: 16th August 2019 10.44am

A man from Crewe has been jailed after driving into a telegraph pole and injuring his female passenger as he attempted to evade police.

Andrew Beard, of Goulding Drive, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, failing to stop for police, driving without a licence and driving without insurance.

The 23-year-old was sentenced for the offences at Chester Crown Court yesterday, Thursday 15 August.

He was jailed for 10 months, banned from driving for three years and five months and ordered to pay a £149 victim surcharge.

An officer attempted to pull over the silver BMW that Beard was driving on Ford Lane in Crewe shortly after 3pm on Wednesday 3 July.

The officer had been told by a colleague that the vehicle needed to be stopped due to the manner that it was being driven.

Beard refused to stop upon seeing and hearing the blue lights of the police car behind him, instead choosing to accelerate in an attempt to evade arrest.

He proceeded to drive in access of 50mph in residential areas with 30mph speed limits.

The pursuing officer witnessed him dangerously overtaking vehicles and breaking the rules of the road by not giving way at junctions.

A motorist had to break sharply to avoid colliding with the BMW as it drove straight across a junction despite not having right of way.

Beard also caused parents and children walking home from a primary school to take evasive action whilst crossing the road as the speeding BMW approached.

After being pursued along Ford Lane, Ellis Street, Evans Street, Holland Street and Broad Street, Beard eventually stopped his car after colliding with a telegraph pole on Stoneley Road.

The collision left his passenger, a 27-year-old woman, with a minor injury that required hospital treatment.

Beard was arrested at the scene and subsequently revealed in custody that he had bought the BMW that day and had refused to pull over as he did not have a valid licence and was not insured to drive the car.

Following sentencing, Inspector John Forshaw, of Crewe Local Policing Unit, said: “Thankfully no-one was seriously injured as a result of Andrew Beard’s dangerous driving in residential areas of the town. The consequences of this incident could have been far worse.

“Forty-six people died on Cheshire’s roads last year, with many of these collisions caused by dangerous driving.

“Cars can be lethal weapons, particularly when they are being driving dangerously, speeding and not following the rules of the road, as was the case when Beard attempted to evade arrest on Wednesday 3 July.

“He put his life, his passenger’s life and the lives of other road users and pedestrians, including children on their way home from school, at considerable risk.

“I am delighted that Beard is now behind bars facing the consequences of his actions and I hope that the sentence handed down by Chester Crown Court deters others from committing similar offences.”