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Man jailed for racing through the streets of Warrington
6:00am Friday 16th August 2013 in News
AN Orford dad has been jailed after being caught racing through red lights and reaching estimated speeds of 60mph on 30mph roads while children aged two, five and 10 were left home alone.
Brian Marshall, of Monks Place, had been drinking and was two times over the limit when he got into his wife’s car after an argument over the phone with a friend in April this year.
Warrington Crown Court heard on Friday, police spotted the 31-year-old going through a red light on Sankey Way and followed the car with their lights flashing but Marshall did not stop.
Instead he swerved around the narrow roads in the grounds of Warrington Hospital, overtook a number of cars by driving on the side of on-coming traffic at the junction with Folly Lane and caused a number of vehicles to swerve out of his way.
Paulinus Barnes, prosecuting said: “Had there been any cars travelling in the opposite direction there would have been a serious crash.
“He drove across the roundabout near Marsh House Lane and did not slow down on Rylands Drive where children were playing on a grassed area.
“The boot of his Peugeot opened but he still failed to stop.”
Marshall eventually stopped on Rylands Drive and ran from the car jumping over a fence.
Officers traced him back to his home address where the three children told police they had been left alone until their dad and stepdad had returned moments earlier.
Marshall, who had his head bowed throughout most of the hearing, had 16 convictions for 43 offences including drink driving but had not appeared in court since 2008.
He pleaded guilty to driving dangerously, driving with excess alcohol and abandonment of children.
Simeon Evans, defending, said Marshall had turned his life around since meeting his wife.
He added: “This is a man with genuine remorse, regret and shame for what he did on this night.
“Until about five years ago he described himself as having the life of a scumbag before he met his wife.
“On that night he made a series of stupid decisions after a something or nothing argument which escalated and for 10 minutes he left those children.”
Judge Ian Trigger said: “Your criminal record up until 2008 is appalling reading and on many occasions you have breached the community part of the order.
“You completely over-reacted and left three children unattended all because of some stupid argument.”
Marshall was sentenced to 10 months behind bars and has been banned from driving for three years.
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