Grantham court: High speed chase down A1 after drunk teen with knife in boot

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A teenager who drove drunkenly up to 120mph down the A1 while being chased by police, and who had a hunting knife in the boot, has pleaded guilty to multiple offences.

Dmitrij Rybnikov, 19, of Bowbridge Road, Newark-on-Trent, pleaded guilty to failing to stop when required to do so by a constable, driving above the alcohol limit, driving without third party insurance, driving without a licence, and to being in possession of a bladed article.

Prosecutor Marie Stace described how at around midnight on December 3, a policeman noticed a Peugeot 206 parked in a southbound lay-by at Dry Doddington, that was so dirty he couldn’t read the number plate.

The officer therefore pulled up behind the Peugeot, but it then drove off at high speed.

Illuminating his blue lights, the policeman gave chase.

Miss Stace said that during his pursuit, the police officer clocked the defendant driving at speeds of up to 120mph. At at Great Gonerby he left the carriageway and moved on to the central reservation as if to cross over.

However, instead the Peugeot continued southbound, making the police officer think the defendant had instead temporarily lost control of the car.

Police then deployed a stinger device to deflate the tyres of the Peugeot and bring it to a halt.

Rybnikov was arrested, and also complied with a roadside breath test. During a check of the vehicle, the officer discovered a hunting knife in the boot.

The teenager was taken to a police station, where he blew a reading of 74 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35mcg.

Rybnikov said that the car was his brother’s, and when asked about the knife, he admitted the it was his and explained that it was in the car because he had used it a few days before as a tool to wire some speakers.

Chris Pye-Smith, defending, highlighted that his client had no previous convictions. He told the court that Rybnikov lives in shared accomodation with several people, including his older brother, and that before this incident he had been drinking at home which caused him to lose his sense of responsibility.

It was in this state that he made the decision to drive his brother’s car, and when he saw the police car draw up behind him he panicked.

In relation to the knife, Mr Pye-Smith added: “He had simply left it inside the boot of the vehicle.

“There is no suggestion that he produced that knife aggressively in any way.”

He said the defendant works hard doing 12-hour days on a four days on, four days off basis.

Grantham magistrates asked for a pre-sentence report to be prepared on Rybnikov, who was then sentenced at Lincoln Magistrates’ Court.

Rybnikov received a community order to complete 200 hours of unpaid work within 12 months, and was also banned from holding a driving licence for 28 months, with his driving record endorsed.

He must also pay a criminal courts charge of £180, costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £60.