Freddie Shepherd jailed for 15 months following 30-minute high speed police chase through March
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A man has been jailed for more than a year after he took Cambridgeshire Police on a 30-minute high speed pursuit through March.
Freddie Shepherd, of no fixed address, is known to police with unrelated offences and was spotted in his silver Mitsubishi 4 x 4 on Friday March 30.
An on-duty officer spotted him in Elwyn Road, March, and began to follow him, activating his emergency lights and sirens, however instead of pulling over as directed, Shepherd made off at high speed.
Detective Constable Chris Smith said: “His manner of driving fell far below that of a competent driver and was on a number of occasions very dangerous, ramming a police car, travelling at high speed in a built up area, crossing gardens and failing to stop.
“Shepherd showed a blatant disregard for law enforcement and despite being given multiple opportunities to stop and end the pursuit he continually put people in danger to facilitate his escape and evade been arrested.”
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The pursuit commenced around March, police said that at one point Shepherd was doing 50mph in a 30mph village, forcing two vehicles off the road.
During the pursuit Shepherd came to a dead end but reversed at high speed, ramming a police dog unit vehicle which was carrying 14-month old Police Dog Kevin. Thankfully neither PD Kevin nor his handler, PC Blake, was injured.
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After about half-an-hour, the pursuit came to an end when Shepherd’s vehicle collided with a telegraph pole in Eastwood End, Wimblington.
Shepherd was arrested and was found to have two knuckle dusters and a small knife on him. His passenger, a woman in her late 20s, was also arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to steal, and has since been released under investigation.
The pair were both taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Kings Lynn to be treated for minor injuries, but later discharged.
The following day (March 31) Shepherd was charged with dangerous driving, driving without a licence, driving without insurance and two counts of possessing an offensive weapon in a public place.
He admitted the charges against him and on Friday (June 8) was sentenced to a total of 15 months in prison at Cambridge Crown Court.
He received 14 months for dangerous driving and one month for each of the offensive weapon charges, to run concurrently.
The offensive weapon sentences will run consecutively to the 14 months for dangerous driving.
He has also been disqualified from driving for three years and seven months, must take an extended re-test and pay a £140 victim surcharge.