A DANGEROUS driver who lost control of his car and crashed into a pole tried to evade police officers for a string of offences.

Mark Sturt, 28, of Pondwicks, Amersham, was sentenced for dangerous driving in Leighton Buzzard.

Thames Valley Police caught Sturt driving 'in excess of the speed limit' on the A4146 road on January 4 this year.

Sturt continued driving over the speed limit, driving on the wrong side of the road in an attempt to evade officers.

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As Sturt came into the village of Horton, he lost control of the vehicle and crashed.

He was charged on July 4.

Sturt pleaded guilty to one count each of dangerous driving, driving otherwise than in accordance with a license and driving a motor vehicle without insurance.

He was sentenced to a year in prison and disqualified from driving for two years and six months at Aylesbury Crown Court on Wednesday, November 2.

Investigating officer, PC Alistair Jarratt, of the Roads Policing Unit, based at Milton Keynes police station, said: “I am pleased with the sentence given to Sturt and hope it deters others from driving in a similar manner. 

“He put other road users in danger from his manner of driving that night.

“He had the intention to get away from the police and at one point even had a slight collision with a police vehicle. The driving ended up with him colliding with a telegraph pole. It was only by sheer luck he did not cause serious injuries to anyone in the vehicle.

“Thames Valley Police will not tolerate dangerous driving and will be persistent in seeking convictions for those that offend.”