Motorists drove through petrol station forecourt in Bury St Edmunds during police pursuit

Dane Satchwell drove through petrol station forecourt at speed

Dane Satchwell drove through petrol station forecourt at speed - Credit: Sarah Lucy brown

A motorist travelled at more than twice the speed limit during a two-mile police chase in Bury St Edmunds, it had been alleged.

During the pursuit by two marked police cars with their sirens blaring and blue lights flashing Dane Satchwell allegedly drove through a petrol station forecourt to avoid a queue of stationary traffic, Ipswich Crown Court heard.

He also allegedly reached speeds of 70-75mph in 30 mph speed limits, crossed solid white lines in the centre of the road and almost lost control of his Seat Leon on a sharp bend, said Lynne Shirley, prosecuting.

The car eventually came to a halt in a farm entrance and Satchwell and his passenger were arrested.

Satchwell, 29, of Hackney has denied dangerous driving on June 2 last year on Cardogan Road, Highbury Road, Prior’s Avenue, West Road, Hospital Road, Petticoat Land and Horringer Road, Bury St Edmunds.

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Miss Shirley said the two police cars began following Satchwell’s car after it was seen pulling out of a car park at a play area in Bury St Edmunds.

She said that after his arrest Satchwell’s passenger was found to have heroin and crack cocaine hidden in his back passage.

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Giving evidence Satchwell said he and his passenger had driven to Bury St Edmunds to meet some women.

He said he hadn’t stopped for the police because he had a small amount of cannabis in the car.

He denied driving dangerously and said he wasn’t aware his passenger had drugs on him.

He denied a suggestion from Miss Shirley that he hadn’t stopped for the police because he knew his passenger had class A drugs on him.

The trial continues today.

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