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Man jailed for dangerous driving and other offences in Rowlands Castle

A man has been jailed for two years and six months after pleading guilty to ten offences including dangerous driving in Rowlands Castle


Simon Parker, aged 31, from Lockerley Road, Havant pleaded guilty at Portsmouth Crown Court on 4 March to the following offences: 


·        Dangerous driving


·        Assault by beating of an emergency worker


·        Assault by beating of an emergency worker


·        Criminal damage


·        Receiving stolen goods


·        Possession of Class C drugs


·        Possession of Class B drugs – cannabis


·        Possession of Class B drugs – amphetamine


·        Driving whilst disqualified


·        Driving without insurance


The court heard that at around 1.50am on Friday, 28 January, officers saw a white Mini Cooper, known to be stolen and using false plates, at the Shell Garage in Wichers Gate, Rowlands Castle.  


As officers approached the car, Parker reversed the mini cooper into the police car and drove off. 


A police pursuit ensued during which Parker threw items including cans of drink out of the mini cooper towards the police car before stopping abruptly on Middle Park Way and reversing into the police car for a second time. 


Parker was detained at the scene and subsequently charged with ten offences. 


Appearing at Winchester Crown Court yesterday, Thursday, 21 April, Parker was sentenced to a total of two years and six months in jail and disqualified from driving for 39 months. 


Parker also admitted to being responsible for 17 other crimes including theft of motor vehicle, theft from motor vehicle and driving offences. These were taken into consideration by the Judge when passing sentence. 


Sergeant Jason Holford from Petersfield’s Neighbourhood Policing team said “Parker’s actions that night were reckless and dangerous. 


“Knowing he was committing a number of offences, he put officers and members of the public at risk of serious harm to evade arrest. 


“I hope this sentence demonstrates our commitment to pursuing offenders and bringing them to justice.”