Driver blames his dead parrot for high-speed chase

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IT’S a famous Monty Python sketch that’s guaranteed to have you in stitches.

But now the dead parrot story has resurfaced in an unexpected guise.

For when John Williams crashed his car following a high-speed police chase, he told officers it was because he was traumatised by the death of his favourite feathered pet.

The 33-year-old dad-of-eight said he had gone for a drive to calm himself down at 3.30am on January 17.

But when police tried to pull him over in Commercial Road, Landport, Portsmouth, after spotting his off-side brake light wasn’t working, Williams put his foot down and sped off in his red Peugeot 406.

The chase through the streets of Portsmouth lasted four minutes and ended with Williams smashing into a fence in Selbourne Terrace, Fratton.

He tried to run from the smashed car but was caught by the police.

Portsmouth Crown Court heard Williams had a long list of previous convictions and had been banned from driving nine times.

At the time of the offence he was on bail for stealing from a car and going equipped for theft, which he later received a 25-week prison sentence for.

Christopher Wing, defending, said: ‘On that night his domestic pet died. It was a parrot. There was much trauma in the house over this death.

‘Mr Williams decided he needed to get out of the house and go for a drive.

‘He was followed by a police vehicle, the blue lights were activated and he panicked and the driving ensued.’

Williams, of Lake Road, Landport, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving.

Jailing him for four months Judge Ian Pearson said: ‘It was a high-speed chase and you eventually crashed the car.

‘You put other road users at risk. It’s fortunate that the damage was to the vehicle and a building and nothing more.

‘You are a man with a very bad record of offending.’

Williams was also banned from driving for another three years.