Jail for crash driver

William Kirkby, 24, of Cockerham, Pilling

William Kirkby, 24, of Cockerham, Pilling

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A DRIVER who crashed into a police car after taking his father’s vehicle and driving at speeds of 100mph has been jailed.

William Kirkby, 24, from Pilling, was nearly twice the drink drive limit when he hit a police car, causing minor injury to an officer.

He was jailed for 26 months by a judge who told him: “It’s a miracle there wasn’t a far more serious crash. You could have been hurt or killed.”

Kirkby, of Crimbles Lane, was sentenced for offences of aggravated vehicle taking, driving with excess alcohol, disqualified driving, not having insurance and making off without paying for fuel.

Preston Crown Court heard Kirkby had joined his dad in a pub. His father told him he did not want him to drink and an argument broke out.

The defendant then went home and took his father’s car, without permission.

Kirkby refuelled at a service station but drove off without paying the £48 bill. A police officer spotted the car travelling at speed and decided to follow it.

Kirkby reached speeds of up to 100mph on Garstang Road, where there was a 50mph limit.

He came out of Fleetwood Road and overtook cars, some on blind bends, and then did a handbrake turn on reaching Windy Harbour caravan site.

The offences happened at the end of April.

Michelle Brown, defending, said: “It is perhaps more by the grace of God the injuries were only minor and only minor damage to the vehicle.

“The defendant extends an apology. He has said driving is the only thing which calms him.

The judge, Recorder Suzanne Goddard QC, also banned Kirkby from driving for three years.