A teenage driver who careered through residential streets in Nottinghamshire at more than 80mph as he led police on two highly dangerous pursuits in the same evening has been locked up.
Dion Mayall was spotted driving a silver Mercedes through Newark on the evening of June 8 2021 – despite having no driving licence.
After being recognised by a passing police officer, Mayall was followed into Hawton Lane and ordered to stop.
However, as soon as he saw the flashing blue lights Mayall accelerated away, turning right into Meadow Road and again into Rowan Way.
As he pulled out into London Road, Mayall almost collided with another driver, before hitting speeds estimated at more than 80mph as he overtook numerous other vehicles and drove on the wrong side of the road.
The 18-year-old was driving so quickly that the pursuing officer was forced to abandon the chase in the interest of public safety.
Mayall was spotted again later in the early hours of the following morning and was followed by another officer as he left a local supermarket car park.
Seeing the officer Mayall fled for a second time, driving again at more than 70mph toward the A1 roundabout in Balderton and almost colliding head-on with a lorry.
The car was found abandoned moments later in the Fernwood area – its bonnet and tyres “red hot” from its recent usage. Further checks revealed that the vehicle was also driving on false plates.
Mayall, formerly of London Road, Newark, was arrested moments afterwards when he was pursued on foot into a nearby back garden.
He later admitted two offences of dangerous driving, driving while disqualified, and two offences of fraudulently using a registration document.
Appearing at Nottingham Crown Court on Wednesday July 7 he was sentenced to 15 months detention in a young offenders’ institution.
He was also disqualified from driving for three years and seven months, and will have to take an extended retest if he is ever to drive legally again.