Driver who reached 90mph during Darlington police chase could be jailed

Alexander Hickson admitted four offences when he appeared at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates' Court

Alexander Hickson admitted four offences when he appeared at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates' Court

First published in News

A DRIVER who reached speeds of 90mph on busy residential streets during a high-speed police chase has been warned he could be jailed.

Magistrates heard it was extremely lucky no one was injured or killed during Alexander Hickson’s two-mile attempt to evade police in Darlington on Saturday, May 31.

Hickson reached speeds of 90mph on the 30mph roads, with other cars and pedestrians having to take evasive action to avoid being struck by his Ford Ranger, magistrates in Newton Aycliffe were told.

Prosecutor Rachel Dodsworth said police in an unmarked car had signalled for Hickson to pull over at a mini-roundabout on Geneva Road at about 6.15pm, after their computer system showed he did not have a driving licence.

Ms Dodsworth said Hickson drove over the junction and turned right into Harris Street, a residential road, where he reached 60mph in the 30mph zone.

Hickson then got on to Estoril Road, another residential street with parked cars, making it effectively a single carriageway.

His car reached 50mph by 'bullying' another car out of the way and causing oncoming traffic to swerve out of his way.

Ms Dodsworth said Hickson then drove straight across the Yarm Road junction into Teal Road at around 40mph showing no concern for other traffic, before turning right into Malim Road where he reached 50mph.

The prosecutor said his turns were taken at speed with Hickson, 23, of King William Street in Darlington, barely in control of the car.

He then drove up McMullen Road reaching 90mph as he overtook other cars and crossed pedestrian crossings before attempting to turn onto Haughton Road, the court heard.

Ms Dodsworth said the high speed chase then came to an end as Hickson lost control of his car, mounted the footpath and collided with a tree.

Hickson then attempted to flee on foot but was swiftly caught by officers, magistrates were told.

The 23-year-old admitted driving dangerously, without insurance or a licence and failing to stop for police.

His solicitor Graham Hunsley offered little mitigation, other than to say his client admitted all the charges.

Magistrates said his offences were too serious for them to deal with and sent the case to Teesside Crown Court for sentencing at a future date.

Chairman of the bench Colin Beadle warned Hickson he could be jailed because of the 'speed and length of the pursuit, the danger caused and potential for death or injury'.

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4:40pm Thu 12 Jun 14

Madadrian says...

"their computer system showed he did not have a driving licence. "

Really?
The computer can now tell who is driving a car?

Either someone is lying or the police did not signal him to stop because of lack of a licence.
"their computer system showed he did not have a driving licence. " Really? The computer can now tell who is driving a car? Either someone is lying or the police did not signal him to stop because of lack of a licence. Madadrian
  • Score: -8

4:59pm Thu 12 Jun 14

darloboss says...

it may have come up as uninsured then after he was stopped and checked the licence issue would have shown up
it may have come up as uninsured then after he was stopped and checked the licence issue would have shown up darloboss
  • Score: 5

6:05pm Thu 12 Jun 14

NOTODDEN says...

This follows on from another feckless moron from Killinghall street doing exactly the same thing . Idiots like this are a clear and present danger on our streets and it needs to be stamped out. The police have done their job now the Courts can oblige us all by locking them both up.
This follows on from another feckless moron from Killinghall street doing exactly the same thing . Idiots like this are a clear and present danger on our streets and it needs to be stamped out. The police have done their job now the Courts can oblige us all by locking them both up. NOTODDEN
  • Score: 23

6:40pm Thu 12 Jun 14

oliviaden6 says...

NOTODDEN wrote:
This follows on from another feckless moron from Killinghall street doing exactly the same thing . Idiots like this are a clear and present danger on our streets and it needs to be stamped out. The police have done their job now the Courts can oblige us all by locking them both up.
Don't hold your breath where DARLINGTON Courts are concerned?
[quote][p][bold]NOTODDEN[/bold] wrote: This follows on from another feckless moron from Killinghall street doing exactly the same thing . Idiots like this are a clear and present danger on our streets and it needs to be stamped out. The police have done their job now the Courts can oblige us all by locking them both up.[/p][/quote]Don't hold your breath where DARLINGTON Courts are concerned? oliviaden6
  • Score: -7

6:47pm Thu 12 Jun 14

DarloXman says...

Madadrian wrote:
"their computer system showed he did not have a driving licence. "

Really?
The computer can now tell who is driving a car?

Either someone is lying or the police did not signal him to stop because of lack of a licence.
Most of Darlington's criminals are 'well known' to the police. They simply go from crime to crime!
[quote][p][bold]Madadrian[/bold] wrote: "their computer system showed he did not have a driving licence. " Really? The computer can now tell who is driving a car? Either someone is lying or the police did not signal him to stop because of lack of a licence.[/p][/quote]Most of Darlington's criminals are 'well known' to the police. They simply go from crime to crime! DarloXman
  • Score: 14

8:34am Fri 13 Jun 14

santa59 says...

JAIL HIM
JAIL HIM santa59
  • Score: 20

8:35am Fri 13 Jun 14

santa59 says...

COULD BE JAILED COME ON ??????? SHOULD BE JAILED
COULD BE JAILED COME ON ??????? SHOULD BE JAILED santa59
  • Score: 12

9:56am Fri 13 Jun 14

studio says...

darloboss wrote:
it may have come up as uninsured then after he was stopped and checked the licence issue would have shown up
Read the story correctly...

"Prosecutor Rachel Dodsworth said police in an unmarked car had signalled for Hickson to pull over at a mini-roundabout on Geneva Road at about 6.15pm, after their computer system showed he did not have a driving licence"

Quite simply this is not possible.

Should have crashed into the tree a bit harder.
[quote][p][bold]darloboss[/bold] wrote: it may have come up as uninsured then after he was stopped and checked the licence issue would have shown up[/p][/quote]Read the story correctly... "Prosecutor Rachel Dodsworth said police in an unmarked car had signalled for Hickson to pull over at a mini-roundabout on Geneva Road at about 6.15pm, after their computer system showed he did not have a driving licence" Quite simply this is not possible. Should have crashed into the tree a bit harder. studio
  • Score: 9

1:09pm Fri 13 Jun 14

Durhamite1979 says...

studio wrote:
darloboss wrote:
it may have come up as uninsured then after he was stopped and checked the licence issue would have shown up
Read the story correctly...

"Prosecutor Rachel Dodsworth said police in an unmarked car had signalled for Hickson to pull over at a mini-roundabout on Geneva Road at about 6.15pm, after their computer system showed he did not have a driving licence"

Quite simply this is not possible.

Should have crashed into the tree a bit harder.
Well brainiac, how about if the system was showing that the registered keeper of the car didn't have a licence? Is that possibility beyond your comprehension? Shall I draw you a picture in pretty colours?

That said, I agree if would have been a better outcome if the tree had won more convincingly...
[quote][p][bold]studio[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]darloboss[/bold] wrote: it may have come up as uninsured then after he was stopped and checked the licence issue would have shown up[/p][/quote]Read the story correctly... "Prosecutor Rachel Dodsworth said police in an unmarked car had signalled for Hickson to pull over at a mini-roundabout on Geneva Road at about 6.15pm, after their computer system showed he did not have a driving licence" Quite simply this is not possible. Should have crashed into the tree a bit harder.[/p][/quote]Well brainiac, how about if the system was showing that the registered keeper of the car didn't have a licence? Is that possibility beyond your comprehension? Shall I draw you a picture in pretty colours? That said, I agree if would have been a better outcome if the tree had won more convincingly... Durhamite1979
  • Score: 2

2:28pm Fri 13 Jun 14

Madadrian says...

Durhamite1979 wrote:
studio wrote:
darloboss wrote:
it may have come up as uninsured then after he was stopped and checked the licence issue would have shown up
Read the story correctly...

"Prosecutor Rachel Dodsworth said police in an unmarked car had signalled for Hickson to pull over at a mini-roundabout on Geneva Road at about 6.15pm, after their computer system showed he did not have a driving licence"

Quite simply this is not possible.

Should have crashed into the tree a bit harder.
Well brainiac, how about if the system was showing that the registered keeper of the car didn't have a licence? Is that possibility beyond your comprehension? Shall I draw you a picture in pretty colours?

That said, I agree if would have been a better outcome if the tree had won more convincingly...
"Well brainiac, how about if the system was showing that the registered keeper of the car didn't have a licence? Is that possibility beyond your comprehension? "

You seem to be unaware that it is not and never has been a requirement for the registered keeper of a car to have a driving licence or insurance. They are only needed for the driver.
[quote][p][bold]Durhamite1979[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]studio[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]darloboss[/bold] wrote: it may have come up as uninsured then after he was stopped and checked the licence issue would have shown up[/p][/quote]Read the story correctly... "Prosecutor Rachel Dodsworth said police in an unmarked car had signalled for Hickson to pull over at a mini-roundabout on Geneva Road at about 6.15pm, after their computer system showed he did not have a driving licence" Quite simply this is not possible. Should have crashed into the tree a bit harder.[/p][/quote]Well brainiac, how about if the system was showing that the registered keeper of the car didn't have a licence? Is that possibility beyond your comprehension? Shall I draw you a picture in pretty colours? That said, I agree if would have been a better outcome if the tree had won more convincingly...[/p][/quote]"Well brainiac, how about if the system was showing that the registered keeper of the car didn't have a licence? Is that possibility beyond your comprehension? " You seem to be unaware that it is not and never has been a requirement for the registered keeper of a car to have a driving licence or insurance. They are only needed for the driver. Madadrian
  • Score: 0

2:36pm Fri 13 Jun 14

Durhamite1979 says...

Indeed not, but it would not be a unreasonable assumption to check such a vehicle. Would you prefer that these cars were ignored, even if there is reasonable suspicion to stop the car? As it happened, a crime was being committed...
Indeed not, but it would not be a unreasonable assumption to check such a vehicle. Would you prefer that these cars were ignored, even if there is reasonable suspicion to stop the car? As it happened, a crime was being committed... Durhamite1979
  • Score: 5

5:29pm Sat 14 Jun 14

loan_star says...

Madadrian wrote:
"their computer system showed he did not have a driving licence. "

Really?
The computer can now tell who is driving a car?

Either someone is lying or the police did not signal him to stop because of lack of a licence.
How about praising the police for catching out a criminal? Perhaps he is already known to the police for previous offences?
[quote][p][bold]Madadrian[/bold] wrote: "their computer system showed he did not have a driving licence. " Really? The computer can now tell who is driving a car? Either someone is lying or the police did not signal him to stop because of lack of a licence.[/p][/quote]How about praising the police for catching out a criminal? Perhaps he is already known to the police for previous offences? loan_star
  • Score: 2

7:24am Wed 18 Jun 14

mattyjack2 says...

The point you are arguing about is simply down to the facts of the matter being incorrectly reported in this article.
The point you are arguing about is simply down to the facts of the matter being incorrectly reported in this article. mattyjack2
  • Score: 0

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