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Man eight times over drug drive limit jailed after leading police on high-speed chase in Suffolk

Ryan Bloor

Police say a man who was convicted of a series of offences including danergous and drug driving has been sentenced to 14 months in prison.

Ryan Bloor, who's 25 and from Eagle Way in Northstowe, admitted to the charges at Ipswich Crown Court.

As well as the prison sentence, he's been banned from driving for two years and seven months and will be required to take an extended re-test.

The charges were in relation to an incident at 9.15pm on Wednesday 19th February 2019, when officers from the Roads and Armed Policing Team attempted to stop a black Mercedes A180 on Fordham Road in Newmarket, for a routine document check.

Suffolk Police say their vehicle's blue lights were on and the Mercedes braked and signalled as if intending to pull over, before slowing down and then driving off at a high speed.

The force say the Mercedes reached speeds of up to 60mph in a 30mph zone as it continued along Fordham Road, overtaking another vehicle and then going the wrong way around the roundabout at the junction with Oaks Drive and Studlands Park Avenue.

The police vehicle pursued the Mercedes onto the A14 westbound at junction 37 and at the approach to the A14/A11 split, two of the three lanes were closed due to roadworks resulting in the Mercedes forcing its way past another vehicle in lane one and then having to commit to joining the A11 southbound.

The police say during the pursuit the Mercedes reached a top speed of 115mph, with a speed of 110mph recorded when travelling through a 50mph section of roadworks on the A11.

It then exited the A11 at The Willbrahams before being located by police around five minutes later having crashed at Camgrain in Linton - that moment was captured on the dashcam of a lorry which was parked there.

The force say the vehicle was unoccupied when they found it, but following a search of the area assisted by the Police Dog Unit and a National Police Air Service helicopter, Ryan Bloor, along with a woman who's been a passenger in the Mercedes, were found hiding in bushes off Balsham Lane at around 9.50pm.

Bloor was arrested by officers at the scene and after being cautioned admitted that he had been driving the vehicle.

Following his arrest he failed a drug wipe, providing a positive reading for cocaine.

When the drug test results came back, police say he was found to have over eight times the legal limit of benzoylecgonine in his blood.

PC George Laflin, who was driving the pursuit vehicle, said: "Ryan Bloor's driving was completely reckless and put the lives of other road users at risk.

"The fact that he was more than eight times over the drug-drive limit compounds the fact that he was performing dangerous manoeuvres such as going the wrong-way around a roundabout, driving at 60mph in a 30mph zone, and 115mph on a dual carriageway.

"Bloor's actions gained him nothing other than increasing the number of offences he committed, which in turn has earnt him a prison sentence.

"Other motorists tempted to refuse to stop for police officers would do well to heed this outcome and realise it is not worth doing it.

"Excess speed and drink and drug-driving are one of the four main causes of serious and fatal road traffic collisions, and we will continue to proactively target drivers posing a risk to other members of the public."

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