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Van driver sped through King's Lynn 65mph over speed limit

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A van driver being pursued by police touched speeds of 95mph in a 30mph limit in Lynn.

Luke Byrne, 28, also drove on the wrong side of the road and ran a red light.

He had earlier been stopped by a sergeant and blew marginally over the alcohol limit in a roadside test.

But he refused to get out of his Ford Transit and sped off.

The crest above the entrance to King's Lynn Court in College Lane.. (51809482)
The crest above the entrance to King's Lynn Court in College Lane.. (51809482)

King’s Lynn Magistrates’ Court heard on Thursday that Byrne had been followed along London Road and through to John Kennedy Road. He raised suspicion when apparently taking a sudden detour.

The sergeant pulled him over and Byrne blew 36 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath in a non-evidential test. The legal limit is 35.

Prosecutor Remya Unnithan said Byrne then refused to get out of the van and sped off after the sergeant failed to remove him.

“A pursuit began with the defendant doing 95mph in a 30mph limit and then into a 40mph zone,” said Miss Unnithan, who added that the vehicles passed a cyclist.

“Another police car joined the pursuit. The defendant then slammed on his brakes, as if brake checking the first car.

“He continued, even travelling on the wrong side of the road and going through a red light in Grimston Road.”

The pursuit was then called off as it was deemed to be unsafe. Byrne was later seen by police to pull out of a dirt track before swerving into oncoming traffic, his speed increasing and decreasing wildly.

Byrne, of Spenser Road, North Lynn, was arrested four days after the pursuit on March 28. He pleaded guilty to driving dangerously.

Byrne was committed to Norwich Crown Court for sentencing on a date to be fixed and a pre-sentence report was ordered.

He was given an interim driving disqualification and granted unconditional bail.

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