Jail for dangerous Barnsley driver

Date published: 11 September 2018 13:19
Dated: 11 September 2018 14:12:30

A ‘dangerous driver’ has been banned from driving for the second time and handed a one and a half year jail term following a pursuit in Barnsley.

Alexander Robert Goddard, 28, failed to stop for police as he travelled in a Peugeot 307 along Warren Quarry Lane on Wednesday 15 August. Officers began to pursue Goddard after the vehicle he was driving showed on the national database as having no insurance.

What followed was a lengthy police chase as Goddard drove through Barnsley, at speed, and at times on the wrong side of the road, weaving in and out of oncoming vehicles.

He appeared before Sheffield Crown Court on Thursday 6 September, where he was jailed for 14 months for dangerous driving. He was jailed for a further four months for driving while disqualified, bringing his total time behind bars to a year and a half. He had previously entered a guilty plea.

Goddard, of George Street, Worsbrough, will also be disqualified from driving for a total of three years and nine months.

PC Greg Brice, from Barnsley’s Tasking Team, investigating, said: “Goddard drove through Hoyland, into Wombwell, and then eventually into Darfield as officers pursued him.

“The police helicopter was also utilised as we followed Goddard, who drove erratically and at speed, reaching over 80mph at times, as he weaved through oncoming vehicles in an attempt to evade police.

“When he eventually came to a stop on a grassed area in Darfield, just off Upperwood Road, he ran from the vehicle, in a further attempt to avoid arrest. We had already identified him as the driver from extensive dashcam footage and he was arrested at the scene.

“Thankfully, no one was injured by Goddard’s erratic driving but they easily could’ve been. He is a dangerous and careless driver, who was already banned from driving when we arrested him. I’m pleased that has not only been given a lengthy ban but also over a year behind bars for his actions.”

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