Boy racer OAP jailed after jumping red lights at twice the speed limit

An OAP "boy racer" has been jailed for dangerous driving after leading police on a car chase – running red lights at twice the speed limit.

Leslie Jarvis was cruising along when emergency lights flashed behind him.

Believing the tailing vehicle to be an ambulance, the 73-year-old pulled over – but upon realising it was actually a police car, he hit the accelerator.

The OAP sped through red lights and pushed his speed to twice the limit and kept driving until his Vauxhall Astra book down.

Mr Jarvis’ criminal driving was made all the worse by the fact that he was driving while being disqualified, had no insurance and had a string of prior driving convictions.

BristolLive shared details of the shocking high-speed incident and report Mr Jarvis telling police when they finally caught up with him: “I lost it in the head. I went berserk.

"I was very lucky I didn't kill anyone. I was very lucky I didn't kill myself. I'm guilty."

The OAP has been jailed for ten months after pleading guilty to dangerous driving over the the incident that occurred on November 9 last year.

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Bristol Crown Court was told he had four previous convictions for dangerous driving and six for driving while disqualified and uninsured.

Judge Euan Ambrose said: ”You have a large number of previous offences for a wide variety of offences.

"Immediate custody is appropriate in your case."

Mr Jarvis has been banned from driving for two years and five months on top of his ten month jail sentence – and has also been ordered to undertake an extended driving test.

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During the case, the court learned Mr Jarvis had sped off at sight of the police, first accelerating to 50mph in a 30mph limit before jumping a red light.

He then accelerated to 60mph in a 30mph zone, jumped another red lights and crossed to the wrong side of the road as his car broke down and rolled to a stop.

Gregory Gordon, defending, explained that Mr Jarvis had acted irrationally after spotting the police, saying: "He didn't want his car taken away and did something ridiculous. He accepts it was unacceptable behaviour."

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