A Havant resident has been incarcerated after a high-speed joyride through the city.
Solomon Biddle, 24, was sentenced to eight months in prison after pleading guilty to dangerous driving, driving while disqualified, and failing to stop for police.
Magistrates at Portsmouth Crown Court heard that on the evening of October 1, 2019, Biddle had taken a friend’s car without permission and embarked on a wild ride through the streets of Havant. He exceeded the speed limit in several areas and ignored police requests to stop before eventually crashing the vehicle into a tree.
Inspector Rob Heard, the investigating officer, described Biddle’s driving as “incredibly dangerous” and said that it “posed a real threat to the safety of the public.”
The court heard that Biddle had a long history of motoring offences and had previously been convicted for driving without a license or insurance.
Sentencing Biddle, District Judge Anthony Callaway said: “This was an exceptionally dangerous piece of driving. You must have been aware of the danger you posed to pedestrians and other road users. You have a long history of offences related to motoring and it is clear that you have chosen to ignore the law. I hope that your time in prison will give you an opportunity to reflect on your actions and the consequences they could have had.”
Biddle was also disqualified from driving for two years and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £122.
The judge concluded by warning Biddle that any further offending would result in a lengthier custodial sentence.
Incarceration was administered to Havant resident Solomon Biddle, aged 24, after a high-velocity joyride through the city was adjudged to have been conducted in a manner dangerously hazardous to pedestrians and other motorists.
Magistrates at Portsmouth Crown Court were apprised of the event of October 1, 2019, wherein Biddle had purloined a friend’s automobile without consent and then embarked on a frenetic course through the streets of Havant; with the speed limit breached on numerous occasions and police requests to desist disregarded, the vehicle was ultimately brought to a halt when it collided with a tree.
Inspector Rob Heard, the investigating officer, characterized Biddle’s driving as “perilously reckless” and emphasized the danger posed to the public by his actions. The court additionally heard that the defendant had an extensive compendium of motoring offences on his record and had previously been convicted for driving without a license or insurance.
The District Judge, Anthony Callaway, delivered a sentence of eight months imprisonment and a two-year driver disqualification, along with a victim surcharge of £122. The judge at the conclusion of the hearing admonished Biddle that any additional delinquency would be met with a more severe custodial sentence.