Ban for driver who took off while being given a speeding ticket in Bexley

Sales lead officers on a chase after being clocked speeding.

Sales lead officers on a chase after being clocked speeding.

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A driver who led police on a high speed chase through Bexley after taking off while officers were giving him a speeding ticket has been hit with a ban.

Thomas Sales, 27, was caught doing 51mph in a 40mph zone in his Vauxhall Astra in North Cray Road at 1.10pm on December 2.

He got out of the car to speak to officers who had pulled him over to issue a ticket before suddenly jumping back in and speeding off in the direction of Bexley.

Sales then performed a u-turn on the dual carriageway and pulled straight out at the roundabout with Maidstone Road, causing another car to break heavily as he took the first exit towards Swanley.

Another quick u-turn followed before the Vauxhall mounted the kerb to avoid traffic as Sales took the Sandy Lane exit.

Officers chased him at speeds of up to 80mph before Sales pulled over on Sweeps Lane in St Mary Cray, flung away his keys and gave himself up.

Unemployed Sales, of Combe Bank Drive in Sundridge near Sevenoaks, entered written guilty pleas to charges of speeding, driving a car without due care and attention and driving without wearing a seatbelt.

Today at Bexley Magistrates’ Court he was sentenced in his absence.

Bench chair Sue Hirschfield handed Sales a six month driving ban and ordered him to pay £250 costs, fines totalling £230 and a £20 victim surcharge.

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5:57pm Thu 31 Jul 14

cookster says...

Not even community service?

Odds on he'll keep driving during the ban as well.
Not even community service? Odds on he'll keep driving during the ban as well. cookster
  • Score: 5

7:07pm Thu 31 Jul 14

Gypo.Joe says...

Tommy ya not the sharpest tack in the box box boi are ya.
Tommy ya not the sharpest tack in the box box boi are ya. Gypo.Joe
  • Score: 20

10:37pm Thu 31 Jul 14

reasonable75 says...

80mph along Sandy Lane! There are large speed bumps so I bet it didn't do his suspension much good

And stopped in Sweeps Lane - if the police didn't take it away there wouldn't be much left the next day
80mph along Sandy Lane! There are large speed bumps so I bet it didn't do his suspension much good And stopped in Sweeps Lane - if the police didn't take it away there wouldn't be much left the next day reasonable75
  • Score: 6

7:49am Fri 1 Aug 14

Joelo says...

Just once it would be nice to read of a punishment that fits the crime. this person could easily have killed an innocent member of the public whilst making off from police. our justice system is laughable.
Just once it would be nice to read of a punishment that fits the crime. this person could easily have killed an innocent member of the public whilst making off from police. our justice system is laughable. Joelo
  • Score: 7

9:23am Fri 1 Aug 14

highway warrior says...

For once the headline is pretty accurate, i dare say he flew a fair way if he was hitting those humps at anything over 10mph!!
For once the headline is pretty accurate, i dare say he flew a fair way if he was hitting those humps at anything over 10mph!! highway warrior
  • Score: 5

11:46am Fri 1 Aug 14

Gypo.Joe says...

Joelo wrote:
Just once it would be nice to read of a punishment that fits the crime. this person could easily have killed an innocent member of the public whilst making off from police. our justice system is laughable.
Capital letters to start a sentence if you don't mind boi.

Next thing you will be criticising the Shopper on it's reporting standards. You cant have it both ways boi.

THaNk yOU
[quote][p][bold]Joelo[/bold] wrote: Just once it would be nice to read of a punishment that fits the crime. this person could easily have killed an innocent member of the public whilst making off from police. our justice system is laughable.[/p][/quote]Capital letters to start a sentence if you don't mind boi. Next thing you will be criticising the Shopper on it's reporting standards. You cant have it both ways boi. THaNk yOU Gypo.Joe
  • Score: 5

1:20pm Fri 1 Aug 14

reasonable75 says...

Gypo.Joe wrote:
Joelo wrote:
Just once it would be nice to read of a punishment that fits the crime. this person could easily have killed an innocent member of the public whilst making off from police. our justice system is laughable.
Capital letters to start a sentence if you don't mind boi.

Next thing you will be criticising the Shopper on it's reporting standards. You cant have it both ways boi.

THaNk yOU
Now that you mention reporting

"A driver who led police on a high speed chase through Bexley "

He didn't actually get to Bexley - North Cray Road, then Maidstone Road, Sandy Lane & ended up in St Mary Cray
[quote][p][bold]Gypo.Joe[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Joelo[/bold] wrote: Just once it would be nice to read of a punishment that fits the crime. this person could easily have killed an innocent member of the public whilst making off from police. our justice system is laughable.[/p][/quote]Capital letters to start a sentence if you don't mind boi. Next thing you will be criticising the Shopper on it's reporting standards. You cant have it both ways boi. THaNk yOU[/p][/quote]Now that you mention reporting "A driver who led police on a high speed chase through Bexley " He didn't actually get to Bexley - North Cray Road, then Maidstone Road, Sandy Lane & ended up in St Mary Cray reasonable75
  • Score: 4

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