Dad who calls himself ‘f***ing legend’ cries his eyes out as police arrest him
A young dad asked police for a moment to "cry his eyes out" as he was arrested for leading officers on a high speed chase.
Luke Phillips drove at speeds of 70mph through a north Hull housing estate as he attempted to avoid being caught by police.
The 21-year-old drove the wrong way down one way streets and ran through a red light where he narrowly avoided hitting a pedestrian.
He was caught after abandoning the vehicle and asked officers "can I just have a moment to cry eyes out", knowing that he would be heading to prison as he had breached a suspended sentence he received just months earlier, Hull Live reports.
Phillip Evans, prosecuting, told Hull Crown Court the high speed chase broke out after officers in an unmarked car spotted Phillips, driving a Renault Megane, cut in front of another vehicle on August 16.
He said: “They saw the defendant pulling across a vehicle in front of the police car and turning into Arram Grove.
"The car in which the defendant’s vehicle pulled in front of had to brake.
“The officers wanted to stop the Renault Megane in order to give him some advice about his driving, however, the vehicle sped off and engaged in a desperate attempt to avoid the attention of the police car.”
Phillips, whose Facebook profile lists his occupation as "been a full time f***ing legend", began driving at high speeds through the Orchard Park estate.
Mr Evans said: “There the defendant left his vehicle somewhere in the region of Lingcourt on a grass area and sought refuge from at least two members of the public by asking if they would shelter him from the police.
"Neither were cooperative.
“Fortunately there was an officer in plain clothes in the area who was able to join in the search and tracked the defendant first on the roof of a garage.
“When the police eventually caught up with him shortly thereafter he said on arrest ‘can I have a moment to cry my eyes out’.”
Phillips, of Clanthorpe, Hull, then told police: "I have got a one-year-old. I’m going to prison. I only got the car to make some cash and look what’s happened."
He already has five convictions which include handling of stolen goods and criminal damage.
In April 2019, he was sentenced for possession of cocaine with the intent to supply, receiving a 12 month sentence suspended for a year.
Judge David Tremberg told Phillips he missed “a golden opportunity” to turn his life around.
He said: “You [Phillips] were one of the very few people who appeared before this court facing sentence for a serious charge that was not locked up straight away.
“The court entrusted you with a golden opportunity to sort yourself out. That trust sadly was misplaced.”
Defence barrister Catherine Kioko-Gilligan told the court that Phillips “lacked consequential thinking” when he committed the offence of dangerous driving.
She said: “In terms of the offence this is not the worst example of its kind but it is clear that the offence was committed as a result of the defendant’s lack of consequential thinking.
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