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Wells car chase sees woman in court

By Wells Journal  |  Posted: December 17, 2013


Paula Brightwell has been ordered to stand trial

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A SIXTY-ONE-YEAR-OLD woman who allegedly led police on a chase through roads from Glastonbury to Wells driving at more than double the speed limit on occasions has appeared in court.

Paula Boudicca Brightwell, of Quarry Road, Street, was charged with driving a VW Gold dangerously on roads starting in Northload Street, Glastonbury and ending at Portway, Wells, on October 9.

She was further alleged to have failed to provide a specimen of breath for analysis on the same date when she appeared in the dock before Somerset Magistrates at Yeovil. She pleaded not guilty to both charges.

Prosecutor Christine Hart told the court that the alleged incident occurred at 2am when the defendant was said to have driven off at speed after officers had signalled for her to pull over.

At one point during the incident she was alleged to have driven through Wookey at speeds between 80 and 90mph.

Defending solicitor John Killah said his client vehemently denied the allegations against her adding that no injury to person or damage to property had been caused.

The magistrates refused to accept jurisdiction for the case and ordered Brightwell to be sent to Taunton Crown Court to stand trial.

They adjourned the case until Monday January 13 when the defendant must attend a preliminary hearing at Taunton.

In the meantime she was released on unconditional bail.

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