Leeds drink driver rammed police car during chase

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A DRINK driver was almost twice the limit when he rammed a police car during high-speed chase.

At the time of the incident Damon Rigby, 28, was on his way back from visiting his brother’s grave – who died after being hit by a car.

Rigby had no licence and no insurance for the vehicle and a judge described the incident as “as bad a piece of driving as you get”. Leeds Crown Court heard a member of the public contacted police on September 23 this year with concerns about the way the father-of-three was driving. Officers spotted Rigby’s Vauxhall Astra on South Accommodation and followed it to the Beeston area where they signalled for him to stop.

Rigby reached double the 30mph limit along Cemetery Road and Beeston Road. He drove around the Cardinal estate before joining Beeston Ring Road. He headed along Dewsbury Road and several police cars were used to try to box the vehicle in.

Rigby drove across a grass verge to avoid the vehicles and performed a U-turn.

He then joined the M62 where police cars were able to slow his vehicle to a stop.

Rigby rammed one of the vehicles in the process, causing £7,000 worth of damage.

Rigby, of Heathcroft Rise, Beeston, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, drink driving, having no licence and having no insurance.

The court heard Rigby had been out for a family meal in memory of his late brother and was in an emotional state at the time of the incident.

He had been drinking before deciding he want to visit his grave in the Seacroft area.

Nicola Whelan, mitigating, said: “Ironically, his brother was knocked over and that is how he was killed.

“He realises the consequences of his actions could have been catastrophic.”

Rigby was given a 14 month sentence, suspended for two years. He was also made the subject of a curfew for six months and ordered to do 240 hours unpaid work.

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