‘How’s my driving?’ Gravesend man who led police on high-speed chase jailed

PUBLISHED: 13:09 18 March 2014 | UPDATED: 13:10 18 March 2014

A man who casually asked police what they thought of his driving after leading them on a high-speed chase through Medway towns has been jailed for a year.

Kent Police said John Peyto, 21, from Hampton Crescent, Gravesend, took his friend’s Audi A6 and sped through Strood and onto the A2 towards London on October 7.

Officers chased him from the A2 in Rochester and he was pursued, and when a second patrol car joined the pursuit, it was rammed by Peyto.

He then made off at speeds exceeding 120mph, colliding with another vehicle and a bus before abandoning the car in Bexleyheath.

When he was finally tracked down by police dogs and arrested, he asked officers: “How’s my driving?”,

Peyto was charged with dangerous driving, aggravated vehicle taking, driving with no insurance and failing to stop.

He pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing and was sentenced at Maidstone Crown Court on March 12 to a year in prison and was disqualified from driving for four years.

Investigating Officer Det Con David Preston said: “The driver of the car he hit was injured, thankfully not seriously but this could have been so much worse.

“He had very little regard for the public and road users, weaving in and out of the traffic and then tried to escape capture, even making sarcastic comments to the arresting officers.

“But he will now spend the next 12 months in prison, paying the price of his actions.”

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