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Police pointed Taser at driver who refused to stop in Downham incident, court told



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Police pointed a Taser gun at a driver who had refused to stop – and still he turned the car around and made off.

But Danny Carmen, 20, was soon arrested following the incident in Downham.

A youth who was a passenger in the Volkswagen Golf was also found to be in possession of 141 grams of cannabis.

King's Lynn Magistrates' Court (51810348)
King's Lynn Magistrates' Court (51810348)

Carmen, of Donington Park, Leverington, failed to stop in Railway Road, Downham, at about 1.20pm on April 22 this year.

Prosecutor Katharine Kibrya-Dean told Lynn Magistrates’ Court on Thursday that the officer had “noticed the window of the driver side was open.

“He decided to run to the vehicle and took out his Taser. He shouted for the driver to stop.”

The court was told that the officer could not get a clear chance to deploy the Taser gun and the Volkswagen Golf made off.

The court heard the car turned round and headed back towards police. The officer stood in the road with his Taser drawn and shouted at the driver to stop.

The prosecutor added: “The defendant turned round and drive off in the direction of the town centre.”

Carmen pleaded guilty to failing to stop for a police officer.

The court was told that he had been banned from driving for six months in August for matters which pre-dated this incident.

Ruth Johnson, mitigating, said: “He fully accepts that he did accelerate away from the officer particularly quickly but did a u-turn as he recognised that was the wrong thing to do.

“It was when he pulled back round that he saw that the officer had the Taser gun.

“He panicked and drove away and parked in a quieter location.”

Carmen was fined £60 and ordered to pay £89 in costs and a victim surcharge.

The 17-year-old – who cannot be named for legal reasons – will be sentenced at a youth court in Lynn on November 12.

He was released on unconditional bail until that date.



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