Judge slams 80mph drink-driver who got behind wheel just 400 yards from home - Leeds Crown Court

A drink driver took police on an 80mph chase after climbing behind the wheel just 400 yards from his home.

By Nick Frame
Thursday, 12th May 2022, 11:46 am
Updated Thursday, 12th May 2022, 11:49 am

Officers tried to signal Jack Slatter to slow down when he approached them in Altofts in the early hours of February 26, Leeds Crown Court was told.

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Prosecutor Oliver Connor said the officers had been attending an unrelated incident when Slatter approached at speed.

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Drink driver Jack Slatter got behind the wheel despite being only 400 yards from his home. Picture: PA

As one officer stepped into the road to stop him, Slatter drove around the officer and accelerated away.

The officers then gave chase along Patience Lane, High Green Road and onto Church Road where he hit 80 mph.

He overtook another vehicle at 70 mph before turning into a cul-de-sac where he and his passenger fled from the vehicle.

Officers quickly apprehended him and took him to the police station, where he blew 56 micrograms of alcohol in 100 mililitres of breath. The legal limit is 35 micrograms.

Mr Connor said the 29-year-old made "full and frank" admissions during his police interview.

The court heard that Slatter, of Benson Lane, Normanton, lived less than a quarter of a mile from where he had got in his car.

He admitted charges of drink driving and dangerous driving.

The court was told that he has three previous convictions for seven offences.

Mitigating, Sarah Cunnane, said: "He made no attempt to minimise his behaviour and make no excuses for his actions.

"His remorse and regret has been apparent throughout these proceedings."

The judge, Recorder Christopher Rose, said: "This was a serious offence. You could have so easily walked home.

"What followed was a significant pursuit through suburban and residential areas."

Slatter was given a 10-month jail term, suspended for 18 months. He must complete 200 hours of unpaid work and is banned from driving for two years.

This article was first published by the Wakefield Express.