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Jail for men who took police on high speed chase

TWO men have been jailed following a high-speed police chase through York in a stolen Audi.

York Crown Court heard on Tuesday that Northallerton man Nathan Terrance Adams, 27, and Jordan Lawrence Ellerby, 24, of York reached speeds of more than 100mph as they led police on the pursuit through the city during heavy rain.

Adams drove on the wrong side of the road and forced other motorists to move out of the way.

The chase ensued after police received reports that in the early hours of December 2 last year, a house in Acomb was burgled and a BMW 3 Series and an Audi TT were taken from outside.

The Audi was later seen by officers on the A1237 who gave chase.

The pursuit ended after the Audi crashed into a parked car and the driver and two passengers fled.

All three occupants, including Adams and Ellerby, were caught and later charged with aggravated vehicle taking.

Adams, of Knotto Bottom Way, admitted his part in the vehicle theft in addition to other offences and was sentenced to five years and nine months in prison and a four-year driving ban following release.

Ellerby, of Healey Grove, is already serving a 38-month sentence for a commercial burglary.

He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to six months to be served consecutively.

The third arrested man was found not guilty after a trial.

Speaking after the sentencing, Traffic Constable Mark Patterson of North Yorkshire Police’s Road Policing Group, who was involved in the pursuit of the Audi stolen from Acomb said: “No-one was hurt in this case but the trauma of knowing someone has been in your house whilst your children are asleep upstairs can’t be underestimated – the impact of burglary is devastating and long lasting for victims.

“The sentence passed today reflects the seriousness of their crimes, showing absolutely no regard to the victims whose car they had stolen and the risk Adams placed other road users in, by driving so irresponsibly and dangerously that night to evade police.

“I hope that this outcome will provide some comfort to their victims in the knowledge that they are now behind bars for a long period of time.”

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