Driver who hit speeds of 70mph on 30mph Thanet roads during police chase admits charges

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A motorist who crashed into a wall in Broadstairs after a police chase where he went the wrong way around roundabouts and hit speeds of 70mph in 30mph zones  has admitted a number of offences.

John Buchanan, 21, of St John’s Crescent, Ramsgate, was arrested in the early hours of Sunday 7 May following the incident in Bairds Hill, Broadstairs.

He had caught the attention of officers by speeding in his blue Renault Clio in the King Street area of Ramsgate at about 2.30am.

Buchanan failed to stop when the patrol car blue-lighted him and instead sped up, at some points reaching 70mph in a 30mph zone, driving the wrong way around two roundabouts and shooting a red light.

After he crashed the car into the wall officers also seized two small packets of cocaine from the vehicle.

Buchanan appeared before Medway magistrates the following day when he pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, failing to stop, driving without insurance or a licence, and possession of a class A drug.

He was bailed to appear at Canterbury Crown Court for sentencing on a date to be confirmed.