HAMPSHIRE POLICE have confirmed that a twenty-nine year old man from Gosport has been sentenced to a maximum of twelve weeks imprisonment after entering guilty pleas to a multitude of driving offences; of all which occurred during an incident on the outskirts of Southampton over this recent 2023 New Year weekend.
It is reported that officers, who were undergoing a regular patrol in the Romsey area, saw a recorded stolen vehicle travelling towards West Wellow on New Years Day (January 1). They successfully used pre-emptive tactics at Greatbridge Service Station in a bid to halt this vehicle, which continued along Fishlake Meadows.
The driver abandoned this vehicle on Robert Whitworth Drive and was located quickly by officers, having hid in a garden of a nearby residential property. He was subsequently arrested and taken to a local police station where his identity was confirmed as being 29 year-old George Peter Berry, from Brockhurst Road in Gosport.
Mr Berry was further charged with the offences of taking a vehicle without consent, driving whilst disqualified and driving without third party insurance after initial questioning. He appeared in a short legal hearing held at Southampton Magistrates Court on Tuesday (January 3) and entered guilty pleas on all prosecution charges.
The judge sentenced Mr Berry to a maximum of twelve weeks imprisonment and was also disqualified from driving for an additional nineteen months. According to an official press release published on the Hampshire Police website he was further ordered to pay a total of £85 in court fees and an extra £154 victim surcharge.
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