Driver who took a teenage girl on a Grand Theft-Auto style high-speed police chase through the streets of Sutton faces jail

Rhys Cleary

Rhys Cleary

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A driver who took a teenage girl on a high-speed police chase that ended in a crash could face jail.

Officers on patrol in Chaucer Gardens, Sutton, spotted Croydon man Rhys Cleary with a 16-year-old girl behaving suspiciously behind the wheel of a Vauxhall Zafira on Wednesday, March 26.

One of the officers approached the car to speak to Cleary but he sped away and turned right into Collingwood Road.

The officers gave chase in a marked car and followed the 25-year-old to Oldfields Road where he reached speeds of up to 90mph on the wrong side of the dual carriageway.

He ran through three sets of red traffic lights - past the spot where a speeding driver ran down and fatally injured traffic PC Andrew Duncan while he was on duty last year.

The route of the chase. Click on the letters for information

He proceeded to drive the wrong way around the Rosehill roundabout and only stopped when he crashed into a set of traffic lights in Bishopsford Road towards Mitcham.

Cleary still refused to give himself up to the police.

Unhurt in the crash, he fled the car on foot but police tracked him down to a garden in Pershore Grove and arrested him.

The teenage girl was also unhurt in the crash.

Cleary, of Coldharbour Lane, admitted dangerous driving, failing to stop when required by police, failing to stop after an accident, having no insurance and driving not in accordance with a licence in front of Croydon magistrates on Thursday, March 27.

He faces sentence at Croydon Crown Court on May 1.

 

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1:41pm Mon 7 Apr 14

G_Whiz says...

'Could be jailed?'

Surely common sense would dictate that he is jailed? The car crushed, and the girls family told to look out for her - she is at risk.

The question is, Do our authorities want to protect us? Or stick to the liberal, way where criminals just laugh at us all?
'Could be jailed?' Surely common sense would dictate that he is jailed? The car crushed, and the girls family told to look out for her - she is at risk. The question is, Do our authorities want to protect us? Or stick to the liberal, way where criminals just laugh at us all? G_Whiz
  • Score: 15

2:06pm Mon 7 Apr 14

Farbinny Foil says...

Come off it G_Whiz, I fine upstanding citizen like this facing Jail... Probably his first offence, Oppps, hold up!

http://www.yourlocal
guardian.co.uk/news/
local/croydonnews/88
94196.Man_wanted_in_
connection_with_Purl
ey_Way_stabbing/

Guy looks familiar?!?!?!
Come off it G_Whiz, I fine upstanding citizen like this facing Jail... Probably his first offence, Oppps, hold up! http://www.yourlocal guardian.co.uk/news/ local/croydonnews/88 94196.Man_wanted_in_ connection_with_Purl ey_Way_stabbing/ Guy looks familiar?!?!?! Farbinny Foil
  • Score: 7

5:32pm Mon 7 Apr 14

Noddyblanket says...

Ah, so this is the awful crash I saw the aftermath of and wondered how the hell it had happened?! Of course, I should have guessed some thoughtless muppet from coldharbour lane had decided to make computer games a reality in my road. Absolute scum, and I hope the girl he was with chooses herself better company in future. Because he sure doesn't care about her or any other innocent persons safety. I'm sick of these people
Ah, so this is the awful crash I saw the aftermath of and wondered how the hell it had happened?! Of course, I should have guessed some thoughtless muppet from coldharbour lane had decided to make computer games a reality in my road. Absolute scum, and I hope the girl he was with chooses herself better company in future. Because he sure doesn't care about her or any other innocent persons safety. I'm sick of these people Noddyblanket
  • Score: 6

5:35pm Mon 7 Apr 14

Noddyblanket says...

Farbinny Foil wrote:
Come off it G_Whiz, I fine upstanding citizen like this facing Jail... Probably his first offence, Oppps, hold up!

http://www.yourlocal

guardian.co.uk/news/

local/croydonnews/88

94196.Man_wanted_in_

connection_with_Purl

ey_Way_stabbing/

Guy looks familiar?!?!?!
No way! He seemed like such a nice guy as well! Can't believe it lol
[quote][p][bold]Farbinny Foil[/bold] wrote: Come off it G_Whiz, I fine upstanding citizen like this facing Jail... Probably his first offence, Oppps, hold up! http://www.yourlocal guardian.co.uk/news/ local/croydonnews/88 94196.Man_wanted_in_ connection_with_Purl ey_Way_stabbing/ Guy looks familiar?!?!?![/p][/quote]No way! He seemed like such a nice guy as well! Can't believe it lol Noddyblanket
  • Score: 6

6:15pm Mon 7 Apr 14

Hove Ex-Pat says...

Only a mother could love this person. Ugly, with a vengeance. He'll be safe at night when he goes inside, the criminals inside have got some standards.
Only a mother could love this person. Ugly, with a vengeance. He'll be safe at night when he goes inside, the criminals inside have got some standards. Hove Ex-Pat
  • Score: 8

10:25am Tue 8 Apr 14

Marie from Sutton says...

He does look thick as s..t..
He does look thick as s..t.. Marie from Sutton
  • Score: 6

9:30pm Thu 10 Apr 14

BringBackNationalService says...

He looks Neanderthal :-)
He looks Neanderthal :-) BringBackNationalService
  • Score: 2

3:15pm Sun 13 Apr 14

motomoto says...

he has one eye brow........a sure fire sign of evil !
he has one eye brow........a sure fire sign of evil ! motomoto
  • Score: 2

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