Motorist led police on chase through Wrexham town centre

Published date: 24 March 2014 |
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A DRIVER became involved in a high-speed chase with the police near Wrexham town centre.

Leon Ivor Ellis, 28, of Victoria Road, Brynteg, admitted driving while two times over the legal drink drive limit on February 20 as he drove his Vauxhall Corsa at about 60 mph past the Glyndwr Racecourse Ground on Mold Road.

He also jumped a set of red traffic lights and on several occasions forced other motorists to swerve out of the way before abandoning the car on Summerhill Road and running off.

He was subsequently arrested by officers and pleaded guilty on Friday to driving above the legal limit, driving without due care and attention and failing to stop when required to do so by police.

Speaking at a hearing at Wrexham Magistrates Court, District Judge Gwyn Jones said his sentencing powers were inadequate for such an incident, and Ellis will be sentenced at Mold Crown Court on April 17.

He also received an interim driving ban.

Justin Espie, prosecuting, told the court police saw a Vauxhall Corsa parked at the junction of Bradley Road and Regent Street.

They noticed Ellis, the driver, had got out and was clearly agitated, shouting at the driver of another vehicle, saying “he’s just cut me up”.

Officers asked the defendant to calm down and asked him to move on as he was blocking traffic in the left-hand lane of the junction.

He got back in his car and accelerated through a set of traffic lights which were on red.

The officers turned on their sirens and followed Ellis, but “it became clear he was not going to stop”, and he was described as driving at 60 mph in a 30 mph zone as he drove onto Mold Road.

When passing the Racecourse Ground several cars had to swerve out of the way of the Corsa, before officers lost track of the car at the roundabout for the A483.

However, they drove onto Summerhill Road and noticed the car abandoned with the driver’s door open and Ellis making off on foot up a bank.

Police caught him and arrested him.

A breath test showed he had 71 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, compared to the legal limit of 35 mgs.

He was subsequently taken to Wrexham Maelor Hospital to treat cuts to his legs, caused by running through foliage to escape officers.

David Finney, defending, said Ellis admitted he had consumed more alcohol than he should have.

An aggravating feature was there had been a passenger present in the car during the chase.

Mr Jones said Ellis had been driving at an excessive speed in a built-up area and said there was a deliberate disregard for the safety of other road users.

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