110mph Porsche driver locked up after police chase through Black Country

A dangerous driver who reached speeds of more than 100mph while trying to escape police has been jailed for 16 months.

Wolverhampton Crown Court
Wolverhampton Crown Court

John Field, who was banned from driving at the time, drove his Porsche Cayenne at nearly three times the speed limit and on the wrong side of the road before fleeing on foot and eventually being caught.

The 30-year-old, of Summerfield Road, Netherton, pleaded guilty on the first day of his trial to dangerous driving, driving whilst disqualified and having no insurance.

Field reached speeds of 110mph in a 40 zone as he was chased towards Netherton by an unmarked police car, Wolverhampton Crown Court heard.

Prosecuting, Amiee Parkes, said: "Pc Lynas was on uniform duty at 10.35pm on April 7 last year in an unmarked vehicle with a forward facing camera and blue lights. While in Blackacre Road, the officer saw a Porsche Cayenne driving toward him.

"The driver of the vehicle was on his own, so he turned his police vehicle around as he was aware John Field was suspected of using that vehicle in Dudley and he was a disqualified driver."

The court was told that Pc Lynas proceeded to pursue Field heading towards Netherton – where at one point he reached 110mph in a 40mph zone. As he reached the Cinder Bank Island, he overtook a slow moving vehicle and then reached 75mph in the 30mph Pear Tree Lane.

Field then sped up to 85mph in a 30mph zone, before then reaching 100mph after turning right into Pedmore Road.

Ms Parkes said: "As it entered the road, officers deployed a stinger to deflate the tyre – but the Porsche continued at high speeds of 100mph in a 40mph area. The traffic was light and the Porsche was driven through a red light at a crossroads at speed of at least 60mph – luckily no other vehicles were approaching."

The court heard at one point the Porsche drove on the wrong side of the carriageway before Field fled the vehicle, was chased down on foot and arrested.

Ms Parkes told the hearing Field had numerous previous convictions for dangerous driving, a driving disqualification and a conviction for failing to stop for police.

David Iles, defending, said: "He has been seen by medical staff on numerous occasions. His speech is jumbled, it is slurred and he is incoherent. He is difficult to understand. He has a fascination with motor vehicles, an obsession. A doctor has even considered sectioning him.

"He wants to move away from the West Midlands, away from cars."

Judge Simon Ward sentenced Field to 15 months in prison for the dangerous driving charge and one month for the driving while disqualified offence – to run consecutively. He was also disqualified from driving for two years with an eight-month extension.

Field has also served time in prison for the offence while awaiting trial and sentence.

Judge Ward said: "You have three previous convictions for dangerous driving and one for aiding and abetting, and also driving while disqualified. Your barrister says you are obsessed with motor cars – so that must be the reason. But we have got to stop as you have been finding out, if you don't you will be spending the rest of your life in prison.

"This was a very serious offence, I have watched the video. It was a very high-speed police pursuit through built-up areas, you were going over 100mph at times – other times you were going at 70mph and 80mph in 30 and 40mph zones. You were going through red traffic lights at busy junctions, but on that night they were not.

"You could not know it was safe going through that light at 70mph. If you had hit a car at 80mph you would have killed them. Luckily, no one got hurt."

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