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Police chase was on van driver's Mayan Apocalypse bucket list

By Western Gazette - South Somerset  |  Posted: January 31, 2013

South Somerset Magistrates Court

Timothy Daniel Lazenby pleaded guilty to a charge of dangerous driving on roads in Somerton, Ilchester and Limington on December 15 when he appeared at South Somerset Magistrates Court

A man who led police on a car chase through Somerset later told them that it was one of the things he wanted to do before he died in the Mayan Apocalypse.

Timothy Daniel Lazenby turned off his lights while driving across a junction and ignored attempts by the police to pull him over.

He continued to drive at speed, crossing over onto the wrong side of the road and overtaking other vehicles at 70mph in a 50mph zone.

Then he turned into oncoming traffic causing another car to have to take evasive action before finally being brought to a halt by a stinger device.

The 50-year-old, of West Street, Somerton, but currently residing at an address on Queens Square, Bristol, pleaded guilty to a charge of dangerous driving on roads in Somerton, Ilchester and Limington on December 15.

South Somerset Magistrates were told that police were on duty in Somerton when they spotted Lazenby driving a Ford Transit van.

“He increased his speed to 70mph while going up a single track road and when the police tried to catch up with him he turned his vehicle’s lights off and drove straight across a junction without braking,” said prosecutor Christine Hart.

“He then drove straight across a give way sign, drove towards the B372 and despite police calling for back up and illuminating their blue lights three times he still failed to stop.”

The officers continued to pursue the van as it travelled on the wrong side of the road, overtook another vehicle at 70mph and then turned into oncoming traffic on the B3151 towards Ilchester.

Lazenby drove past the Yeovilton airbase then through to the village of Ashington where a stinger device was used to stop his van.

When the defendant was interviewed he told officers that one of the things he wanted to do before he died was to get chased by the police adding that he thought the world was going to end in five days’ time anyway.

Defending solicitor Michaela Rose said that Lazenby maintained that he had not realised it was the police when the chase initially started but he accepted that there was clearly excessive speed used.

She said he had been suffering from psychological issues at the time and while he remembered his police interview he did not feel right at the time.

The magistrates adjourned the case until February 22 for a pre sentence report to be prepared with all options to be considered including custody.

 
 

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