'Reckless' Audi driver who fled police now facing jail for ripping off electronic tag

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A Derby car mechanic who led police on a high-speed chase last year is now facing jail after ripping off his electronic tag.

Roy Lowes was handed a suspended sentence last November after he admitted careering through the city in an Audi with a terrified female passenger on board.

At one stage the car he was speeding in left the road as it went over a speed bump.

The 20-year-old, of Windmill Hill Road, also drove at 60mph in a 30mph limit and went to wrong way around a roundabout before he finally pulled over in Hampshire Road and was arrested.

After pleading guilty to dangerous driving, driving while disqualified and driving without insurance Lowes was handed a 12-month prison sentence, suspended for two years.

He was also banned from driving for two years, told to complete 25 rehabilitation activity requirement days and was given a three-month curfew between 8pm and 7am.

At the sentencing hearing, Recorder David Mason warned him: “If you do [breach your order] you will be locked up, make no bones about it."

Now Lowes has done precisely that by removing his electronic tag on January 13 to go and see a former partner.

Roy Lowes

Roy Lowes led police on a chase through Chaddesden

This week, at Derby Crown Court, he was told that he could be facing custody for doing so.

Judge Nirmal Shant QC said: “You have given an explanation that you went to see an ex-partner as you had issues with her.

“But I am very concerned about anybody who interferes with electronic monitoring equipment.

“There has been a complete lack of engagement on this order and this is somebody that has removed it (the tag) so he can attend a domestic crisis.

“Mr Lowes, you were very fortunate to get a non-custodial sentence for the offences you committed.

“And despite that opportunity you have done nothing but breach this order.

“Tampering with electronic tags will not be tolerated.”

At his original hearing, in November the same court heard how the dangerous driving incident took place at 11.20pm on October 8, 2019, when the car was spotted on Pentagon Island.

Describing Lowes as "reckless", prosecutor Gareth Gimson said: "He went to pick up a girl, take her on a drive and go to a pub.

"She told the police she thought she was going to die as she pleaded with him to stop. But he just continued going faster and faster.”

Justin Ablott, for Lowes, told the court that his client works six days a week as a mechanic at a garage near to Pentagon Island.

He said: “He knows he hasn’t covered himself in glory and that he has put himself in a very precarious position.”

Lowes must attend Derby Crown Court for his next hearing on August 5 where Judge Shant will make a final decision whether or not to activate his suspended sentence.

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