Teen’s Ford Fiesta explodes in death-defying end to 95mph police pursuit
A reckless teenager defied death after crashing his Ford Fiesta into the back of a lorry during a 95mph police chase.
Oliver Clark, from Grimsby, Lincolnshire was in a coma for several days after trying to escape the flashing lights of the law on a motorway last July.
Dramatic footage from the pursuing officers' dashcam captured the 19-year-old’s vehicle disintegrate in an explosion of metal and dust, GrimsbyLive reports.
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Humberside Police had spotted Clark driving across Grimsby, first being seen in Cleethorpes before appearing in Stallingborough, roughly 10 miles away.
Prosecutor Amber Hobson told the court, which Clark attended court while still on crutches, how he sped off at more than 80mph, racing up to 95mph to try to evade police.
Clark, 19, was sentenced to prison for 12 months, suspended for two years, after admitting dangerous driving.
He was also banned from driving for two years, ordered to take an extended retest before obtaining his driving licence, and had 20 rehabilitation days imposed on him.
In sentencing at Kingston-upon-Hull Crown Court, Judge John Thackray said the case had "every aggravated feature you can think of" for dangerous driving.
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"You should consider yourself extremely fortunate”, he sternly told the teenager.
He added it was only "pure chance" that no one had been killed in the pursuit and the collision which dramatically ended the chase.
The judge told Clark he would have served many years in prison and lived the rest of his life with the knowledge that he had killed someone had the crash proved fatal.
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