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High speed banned drink driver spared jail

PUBLISHED: 16:12 27 August 2008 | UPDATED: 15:12 25 August 2010

A BANNED driver who led police on high-speed chase through residential streets has been spared jail.

A BANNED driver who led police on high-speed chase through residential streets has been spared jail.

Eddie Jones, 29, of Church Road, Bexleyheath, hit 50mph as he sped between Kent and south-east London in the early hours of the morning.

He was spotted by officers in a blue BMW in Lewis Road, Welling, in the early hours of the morning.

They blocked the exit to the road but Jones mounted the pavement to escape.

His route through several 30mph zones took him from Welling to Bexleyheath and Plumstead before ending back in Bexleyheath.

He was finally boxed in outside Bexleyheath railway station and tests later revealed he was twice over the legal limit for alcohol.

Jones was still serving a three-year driving ban at the time of his arrest on March 26 this year.

In police interview he claimed he had only been a passenger in the car. But he later pleaded guilty to careless driving, driving while disqualified and driving with excess alcohol.

The judge, Mr Justice Calvert-Smith, told him he was lucky to escape a prison sentence.

Jones was sentenced to a total of 22 weeks imprisonment suspended for 18 months.

He will be under supervision of probation officers for 12 months and will have to carry out 100 hours unpaid work.

Jones thanked the judge as he walked out of court.

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