Rampage man in jail

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A ROMANTIC weekend in Whitby resulted in a prison sentence for a Middlesbrough man.

John McMullen (28), of Dunholm Avenue in Middlesbrough, was sentenced to 24 weeks in prison and disqualified from driving for six years after an night of crime that Whitby Police Sergeant Jon Webb described as “a one-man rampage”.

In the early hours of Sunday 1 April this year Whitby Police were called to reports of a disturbance on Baxtergate, involving Mr McMullen, his partner and other individuals.

However, by the time police arrived on the scene Mr McMullen had fled in the direction of Whitby Abbey, as he was staying in a nearby caravan site.

As police drove up Green Lane they intercepted Mr McMullen, who was heavily intoxicated, attempting to make a getaway in his blue Rover MG ZS. When they attempted to stop the vehicle he instead sped into the Abbey car park.

Mr McMullen then drove over a heap of gravel and crashed through a dry stone wall, before making off on foot.

Officers made a quick area search and quickly located him walking back into Whitby town centre.

“He was 2.5 times the drink drive limit at the time of his crash,” said Sgt Webb. “And as a result of police enquiries he was found to be disqualified, with no insurance and the vehicle had been taken without the owner’s consent.”

Mr McMullen appeared at Scarborough Magistrates’ Court on 9 August and was sentenced to four weeks’ imprisonment for criminal damage to the wall, to run concurrent with a 24-week sentence for drink driving and for driving while disqualified.

He was also convicted of using threatening and abusive behaviour, failing to stop at the scene of an accident, and for using a vehicle witohut insurance.

In addition, Mr McMullen was disqualified from driving for six years and Sgt Webb said: “He came to Whitby for a romantic weekend and ended up getting 24 weeks in prison. It was just a one-man rampage following lots of alcohol consumption.

“It was a good result for us that he’s got a good sentence for the drink driving offences as he had a long history of offending in the Cleveland area.

“It should act as a deterrent - you should never get behind the wheel once you have had a drink - and it’s thankful noone was hurt as a result of the driving incident.”