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Ipswich: Dangerous driver Akeem Long jumped speed bumps and careered across road before crashing after running red light during police pursuit

10:38 31 July 2014

Akeem Long

Akeem Long

A disqualified driver has admitted a string of offences after crashing during a high-speed night-time police chase through an Ipswich residential area.

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Akeem Long’s Fiat 500 left the ground as it went over speed bumps, veered across the road, and had a near miss with one vehicle before colliding with another after running a red light, South East Suffolk Magistrates Court heard.

Yesterday Long, of Samuel Court, Ipswich, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, failing to stop for police, driving while disqualified and driving without insurance.

The court heard the 22-year-old had been on licence at the time of the offences after serving part of a previous jail term he was given for supplying drugs.

The offences occurred during a pursuit through Providence Street, Chevalier Street, Bramford Land and Bramford Road.

Prosecutor Claire Hancock said the incident occurred at around 10pm on Tuesday.

Police officers believed they saw a Fiat 500 breaking the speed limit so began to follow it in their car.

It became obvious the driver was trying to evade the officers.

As they followed the Fiat it took off over speed bumps and was seen driving on both sides of the road as the driver lost control, the court was told.

At one point the vehicle stopped at a roundabout. A passenger got of the Fiat before the car was driven off.

Miss Hancock said during the pursuit the Fiat nearly collided with another vehicle causing oncoming traffic to stop. It had also gone through a red traffic light before colliding with another vehicle side on.

Long ran off, but was caught a short time later.

The court heard Long had previous convictions for disqualified and dangerous driving.

His most recent conviction was in October 2012 for five counts of supplying crack cocaine.

Long’s case was committed to Ipswich Crown Court for sentencing at a later date as the powers of punishment at a magistrates court were not deemed sufficient.

He was remanded in custody and is likely to be recalled to prison to complete his previous sentence.

Long was sentenced to two years’ detention in a young offenders’ institution in October 2012 for selling crack cocaine to an undercover police officer five times in three weeks.

Long claimed he had been coerced into selling drugs by people he owed money to but after hearing evidence from him Ipswich Crown Court Judge David Goodin dismissed his story as “nonsense”.

Then aged 20 he admitted five offences of supplying crack cocaine in May and June 2012.

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2 comments

  • Waspie's wife....Just a thought. If he'd got a proper sentence for dealing dangerous drugs, all this nonsense could have been avoided. Saving money, manpower and safer roads for the residents.

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    waspie

    Thursday, July 31, 2014

  • Another one given a 'smack' on the back of the hand and told to go away you naughty boy and don't do it again !, "Tough on crime, tough on the causes of crime" ? don't make me laugh !

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    freedomf

    Thursday, July 31, 2014

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