Banned Havant driver caught behind wheel again

Hampshire police taking part in operation to crackdown on speeding

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A WOMAN who was banned from driving after she rammed a police car has been caught behind the wheel again.

Emma Robertson was disqualified from driving for two years and given a 12-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, in January.

But in June she was caught driving a Peugeot 306 in Market Way, Portsmouth without any insurance.

Robertson, of Tidcombe Green, Havant, pleaded guilty to driving while disqualified and driving without insurance. She also admitted breaching the suspended sentence handed down for the original offence. She appeared at Portsmouth Crown Court to be sentenced yesterday but the hearing was adjourned until August and she was released on bail.

During the first offence Robertson drove off without paying for £20 of petrol at the Shell garage in London Road, Hilsea. When officers spotted her Ford Ka in Isambard Kingdom Brunel Road they put their blue lights on and tried to get her to stop.

But she sped off, driving through three red lights and forcing another car to swerve out of the way. She headed out of the city and on to the A27 and rammed a police car as officers tried to box her in.

The pursuit only came to an end when Robertson drove to turn off on to the A3(M) but then swerved back across the grass verge at the last minute, back on to the A27.

Her car was so badly damaged by the driving that it broke down on the road.