October 25, 2019 4.29 pm This story is over 52 months old

Man jailed for leading police on chase and punching cell roof

Officers witnessed him driving at 100mph

A disqualified driver, who failed to stop for police and led them on a 12-mile pursuit, as well as punching the roof of a prison cell, has been jailed.

Martin Vasjanov, 24, of Tattershall Road, Boston, Lincolnshire, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, driving while disqualified and criminal damage.

He was sentenced to 10 months in prison at Lincoln Crown Court on Friday, October 25.

He was also handed an additional 10-month prison sentence to be served consecutively. This relates to a separate charge of dangerous driving in Lincolnshire, bringing the total sentence to 20 months in prison.

Vasjanov was spotted speeding along the A1 northbound, near Southoe, on September 9 in a vehicle that traffic officers also noticed was in a poor condition.

They followed Vasjanov and witnessed him driving at 100mph in a 50mph zone.

He was pursued by officers and only stopped when surrounded by police vehicles on the B645 near to Hail Weston.

Once in custody, Vasjanov also punched the roof of his cell, causing significant damage.

Sergeant Mark Atkins at Cambridgeshire Police, who investigated, said: “Vasjanov thought he could flout the rules of the road and get away with it, but he was wrong.

“He was already disqualified for a previous driving offence and put himself and other road users at serious risk by getting behind the wheel of that car and driving the way he did.

“I’m glad we have managed to take him off the road and hope this sends a strong message that we will take positive action against bad drivers.”