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Speed chase van driver forced traffic to swerve
5:10pm Monday 7th October 2013 in News
A VAN driver who led police on a high speed chase through villages has admitted dangerous driving.
And Ashley Clark also pleaded guilty to drink driving and failing to stop for police during the pursuit. The 45-year-old, from Royal Wootton Bassett, caused other motorists to swerve out of the way and a tractor ended up in a hedge during the Saturday afternoon incident.
Clark, of Downs View, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, failing to stop and driving with excess alcohol.
Judge Douglas Field, sitting at Swindon Crown Court, imposed an interim driving ban and warned him he could face jail.
He adjourned the case to October 25 to give the probation service time to compile a pre-sentence report.
But he said: "The fact that you are being granted bail should not be taken as any indication of the final outcome of your case, you understand that."
Clark was driving a blue Ford Transit in Oxford Road, Calne, on August 10 when he failed to stop for a roadside check as police believed he was not wearing a seatbelt.
After initially pulling over he then put his foot down and sped off along the A3102 shortly before 2.30pm.
The officers, from the Devizes based armed response unit, then gave chase while the force helicopter flew overhead to assist their colleagues.
It is believed the van went the wrong way around a roundabout and went at 70mph in a 50mph zone as Clark tried to get away. Other motorists had to swerve to avoid the vehicle including a tractor which ended up in a hedge.
The chase ended in Downs View, Royal Wootton Bassett, when the drive leapt from the van and ran off across the recreation ground towards the junior school. Officers found him hiding in a wooded area near the school and used a Taser on him when they believed they saw him holding an object to his throat.