An escaped prisoner who led officers on a police pursuit near Sittingbourne has been jailed.

William Adams was handed a two-year and four-month prison sentence after admitting dangerous driving, driving while disqualified, driving without a licence and driving without insurance.

William Adams desktop
William Adams

He was additionally charged with being unlawfully at large after he absconded from a prison in Sussex on 14 July 2021. He was sentenced at Maidstone Crown Court on Thursday 27 January 2022.

Adams, 22, of no fixed address, failed to stop for officers when he was seen driving a van suspiciously on the A249, near the Stockbury roundabout, on Tuesday 23 November 2021.

Officers believed he was driving using false number plates and requested him to stop at 11.55pm, however he continued driving and led officers on a 10-minute police pursuit.

During the incident three police cars were damaged by Adams’ van, with one of the cars being knocked off the road where it was in a collision with a tree and caught fire.

Officers brought the van to a controlled stop on the Key Street roundabout and Adams attempted to run from the scene but was apprehended by officers and arrested.

Arrest of William Adams

A 20-year-old man from Sittingbourne was also arrested for his alleged involvement in the pursuit on 23 November. He was later released without charge.

As well as being sentenced Adams was disqualified from driving for four years and eight months.

Investigating officer PC James Ring said: ‘Adams refused to stop when requested to do so and instead drove in an erratic and unsafe manner through several residentials streets.
‘During the pursuit two vehicles belonging to members of the public received minor damage and it was only sheer luck that nobody was injured. His sentence is reflective of his criminality and I’m pleased he has been brought to justice.’

By Ed

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