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Dramatic footage shows Police pursuit of man driving twice speed limit through rural Welsh villages ending up on footpath

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A man who drove at more than double the speed limit through a Powys village before leaving the road and ending up on a footpath has been jailed.

Simon Gareth Edwards, of Merthyr Tydfil, put the lives of other road users at risk when he caused a police pursuit through Llangynidr and Talybont-on-Usk on Friday, March 5, 2021.

Officers from the Dyfed-Powys Police Brecon Roads Policing Unit had attempted to stop the 23-year-old’s black Citroen C2 due to the erratic way it was being driven.

Edwards, however, sped up and began driving at between 50mph and 65mph in a residential area where the speed limit is 30mph.

Simon Gareth Edwards, of Merthyr Tydfil was jailed for 70 weeks following the pursuit (Image: Dyfed Powys Police)

Sergeant Matt Thomas said: “A stinger was set up, and as the car entered Talybont on Usk all four tyres were deflated.

“This didn’t deter Edwards, and he carried on driving at around 50mph. He eventually veered off the road and onto a canal towpath in an attempt to get away from officers.

“He collided with the canal fence before fleeing the car.”

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PC James Helyer ran after Edwards and found him hiding in the undergrowth, where he was arrested.

He was later charged with dangerous driving, failing to stop when requested, driving while disqualified and driving with no insurance.

He appeared at Merthyr Tydfil Crown Court on Friday, May 14, where he was sentenced to 70 weeks in prison.

Sgt Thomas said: “This was a dangerous incident where Edwards’ clear disregard for the safety of others put himself, his passengers and other road users at risk.”

(Lead image & video: Dyfed Powys Police)

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