Driver with child in car ploughs into lorry after 84 mph police chase

Emily Cleary
·3-min read

A car carrying a 10-year-old passenger reached speeds of 84 mph during a five-minute police chase before smashing into a skip lorry as the driver lost control.

Footage of the Audi A3 crashing into the lorry – a collision that left the girl and her mother both injured – has been released by Warwickshire Police, who said it was a "miracle" that nobody was seriously hurt.

Driver Jake Ilsley, 26, sped off after police tried to pull him over in connection with an unrelated incident. He accelerated away from officers on 23 November last year, sparking a high-speed chase.

PC Jack Maguire chased Ilsley, who reached speeds of up to 84 mph and drove on the wrong side of the road as he tried to evade capture.

Jake Ilsley sparked a high speed police chase as he attempted to evade questioning by officers (swns)
Jake Ilsley sparked a high speed police chase as he attempted to evade questioning by officers. (SWNS)

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Traffic camera footage shows Ilsley speed over a crossroads and smash into a skip lorry with such force the truck span 180 degrees.

The lorry driver was ripped out of his seatbelt during the collision but escaped serious injury.

Ilsley scrambled out of the wrecked car and attempted to flee on foot but was caught nearby.

The runaway audi only stopped when it collided with a skip lorry (swns)
The runaway Audi only stopped when it collided with a skip lorry. (SWNS)
A ten-year-old girl and her mother were injured in the collision  (swns)
A 10-year-old girl and her mother were injured in the collision. (SWNS)

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The girl and her mother were able to climb out of the car and suffered minor injuries.

Ilsley, from Coventry, Warwickshire, admitted dangerous driving, exposing a child to unnecessary suffering/injury, failing to stop and driving without insurance.

He was jailed for 14 months and banned from driving for four years and seven months.

Recorder Nicholas Syfret told him: “The police perfectly properly wished to speak with the driver of a car, and it turned out you were that driver.

“For no good reason, you accelerated away from the police car and were pursued for a period of about five minutes, with the car reaching speeds of some 84mph.

“It came to an end in a way that everybody must regard as fortunate that nobody actually died, because of the number of people who had the potential to be killed – yourself, both of your passengers, people in any other car.

Jake Ilsley was jailed for 14 months and banned from driving for four years and seven months (swns)
Jake Ilsley was jailed for 14 months and banned from driving for four years and seven months. (SWNS)

“It was an utterly shocking piece of driving. It is utterly inescapable for the court to pass an immediate custodial sentence.

“I am in no doubt you are genuinely remorseful, but this is simply much too bad a piece of driving to allow you to keep your liberty.”

PC Maguire said: “Ilsley’s shocking, reckless and utterly thoughtless actions endangered the lives of himself, his passengers and members of the public.

“It is a miracle that nobody was seriously hurt."

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