Driver's dilemma

PUBLISHED: 11:57 10 February 2006 | UPDATED: 21:40 28 May 2010

TIMOTHY Felsted had contemplated suicide three weeks after discovering his wife had had an affair. But he ditched his plans and drove away from his home to consider his position. His wife alerted the police - but he refused to stop for officers and during

TIMOTHY Felsted had contemplated suicide three weeks after discovering his wife had had an affair.

But he ditched his plans and drove away from his home to consider his position.

His wife alerted the police - but he refused to stop for officers and during the journey made a turn without signalling.

At Fenland Magistrates' Court, Felsted, 49, of Cavalry Park, March, admitted driving without due care and attention on November 6, and failing to stop for the police.

He was driving in Floods Ferry Road, Hussars Court, Cavalry Park, and Upwell Road during the incident.

He had previously denied a charge of dangerous driving, but that was withdrawn by the Crown Prosecution Service.

Mitigating, Amy Brown told how Felsted's business venture in Canada failed and he returned to the UK to look for work. His wife and son stayed in Canada so the boy could continue his education, and while the couple were apart, Mrs Felsted had an affair.

On November 6 last year, Felsted and his wife had an emotional discussion, and Felsted considered taking his own life.

"He made certain preparations, but then discontinued - he wanted to reconcile with his wife," she said.

Felsted was an experienced driver and had just wanted to be alone to consider his situation.

"He was under considerable emotional pressure, and he attempted to evade the police during the course of the morning, and did not stop when requested," she said.

Felsted was given a 12-month conditional discharge, five points were endorsed on his licence, and he must pay £75 costs.

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