A man who drove dangerously through Bedford town centre causing ‘utter devastation’ has been jailed for 20 months.
Sean McCann, 31 of Dines Close, Wilstead, was visiting Bedford Prison on 26 March 2015, when prison officers noticed that he appeared to be drunk. When he got into his car, a Renault Laguna, they immediately called police who dispatched a car which attempted to stop him.
Despite being pursued by police, McCann failed to stop the vehicle, mounting a pavement and forcing pedestrians to jump clear.
The pursuit was deemed too dangerous and was called off, however, McCann continued to drive dangerously, colliding with seven vehicles on Prebend Street before he crashed into two others waiting at a crossing.
By this time another police car was on scene and took up the pursuit when it was safe to do so.
McCann’s car went on to strike one vehicle with such force that it ripped the rear wheel completely off, and another one so hard that it was forced onto the pavement where it hit a pedestrian.
Unable to drive any further, McCann got out of the car and attempted to flee the scene, before being apprehended.
He was sentenced at Luton Crown Court, receiving 18 months imprisonment for dangerous driving, failing to provide a breath specimen and driving without a valid licence or insurance. He received a further two months for jumping bail. He has also been disqualified from driving for two years.
PC Carl Klein, of the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Roads Policing Unit, said: “This was an extremely dangerous incident whereby it was pure chance no-one was seriously injured or killed. The scene of this incident was utter devastation, with multiple injured persons, including three young children.
“Dangerous driving is never acceptable and we are pleased the courts have imposed a prison sentence. The added fact that McCann failed to provide a breath specimen shows a complete disregard to the law.
“If you do witness anyone driving erratically, or believe that someone has, or is about to, drink drive, then I’d urge you to contact us immediately so that we can help keep those travelling on our roads safe.”