Teenage driver topped 100mph and drove the wrong way at roundabouts in frantic chase which put lives at risk

By Peter Hennessy

A teenager reached speeds of up to 110mph and drove the wrong way around roundabouts, colliding with pavements and forcing other motorists to take evasive action to avoid him, in a dangerous police chase.

The dangerous driver was travelling along the dual carriageway in Newark on March 11 this year at around 11.30pm.

Glenn Lapin, 19, of Welbournes Lane, Long Bennington, Newark, was spotted by a police officer in an unmarked vehicle.

The officer tried to pull the teenager over to speak to him about his driving.

But Lapin, who claimed he panicked, decided to drive off at speed instead. Police chased him for about 20 minutes.

During the pursuit, the teenager drove at speeds over 110mph, went around mini-roundabouts the wrong way and collided with pavements at least twice as he drove around them too quickly.

His driving also caused other motorists to react quickly to try and stop a crash from happening.

Lapin appeared at Nottingham Crown Court on October 5, charged with dangerous driving and the failure to stop a motor vehicle.

After pleading guilty, he was sentenced to eight months in prison, suspended for 18 months.

He was also banned from driving for two years and ordered to complete 10 rehabilitation requirement days and take an extended retest.

Sergeant Jonathan Lee, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “Lapin showed absolutely no regard for not only his safety but also other innocent road users when he drove in the manner he did.

“He not only drove dangerously, reaching speeds of 110mph to get away from an unmarked vehicle, but also put the lives of the public at risk.

“This incident could have had serious consequences for many people.

“I hope that Lapin’s sentence shows we are committed to protecting the public and will look to take the appropriate action against anyone who threatens their safety and believes they can drive in a dangerous manner.

“And this also serves as a reminder that officers are out on roads in unmarked vehicles and will stop those disregarding the rules of the roads.”


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