Prison sentence for 'prolific offender' caught with no driving licence or insurance (From St Albans & Harpenden Review)
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Prison sentence for 'prolific offender', Rowan Brown, caught with no driving licence or insurance
A driver who wreaked havoc when he reversed into four cars in St Albans was jailed for 10 months on Friday.
Rowan Brown was with a 15-year-old boy, who had been reported missing, when he was told to stop by the police in St Peter's Street.
Brown, 23, ignored the officers and drove the grey Ford Focus into Victoria Street before going into Lattimore Road where he stopped.
Prosecutor Davina Mootien told St Albans Crown Court that an officer approached the car on foot. Brown reversed at speed, scraping a wheel arch on a police car and hitting a Fiat Punto.
As the police approached, he reversed hard again - this time crashing into a parked red Corsa and a black Porsche before coming to a halt.
One of the officers smashed his windscreen to stop the car leaving again. Brown was arrested. The 15-year-old boy was sitting in the front seat.
Brown, of Nottingham Road, Leyton, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, having no licence and no insurance at twenty to ten at night on September 20 this year. He had previous convictions for grievous bodily harm, robbery and dangerous driving.
Terry Pedro, defending, said the dangerous driving lasted only last two minutes. He said Brown had been subject to peer pressure when he was growing up.
But Judge Andrew Bright QC said: "He is a thoroughly reckless young man. It is no thanks to the defendant that nobody was seriously injured."
Sentencing him, he told Brown: "You are a prolific offender. You are going to get longer and longer sentences if you continue offending."
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