Video shows shocking moment man crashed into Aylesbury shop narrowly missing shopkeeper

Man jailed for a year and banned from driving for 24 months after admitting driving and drug offences

Monday, 8th March 2021, 1:41 pm
Updated Monday, 8th March 2021, 1:42 pm

Jamie Sturges, 28, of Patrick Way, Aylesbury, pleaded guilty to one count of dangerous driving and one count of possession of a class A drug and was sentenced to 12 months’ imprisonment.

He was also banned from driving from 24 months.

On 10 March 2020, Sturges failed to stop for police while driving in his van on Hampden Gardens, Aylesbury.

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CCTV video shows Jamie Sturges almost hit a shopkeeper when crashing into Aylesbury store

In his attempts to evade the police he sped off and crashed into a shop front and narrowly missing the shopkeeper outside, after initially colliding with a parked vehicle.

Sturges managed to escape initial arrest, but his van was later found abandoned outside Stoke Mandeville Hospital.

Thames Valley Police found a quantity of drugs after searching Sturges' van.

Bucks police were able to identify Sturgess as the driver following extensive CCTV analysis.

A 28-year-old from Aylesbury pleaded guilty to dangerous driving and drug offences at Aylesbury Crown Court on February 25

Investigating officer PC Levi Fensom, based at Aylesbury police station, said: “Sturges' driving that evening was completely reckless and he had total disregard for the safety of other members of the public.

“The judge remarked that he was fortunate to be in court for dangerous driving rather than death by dangerous driving and we hope he now recognises the serious nature of his actions.

“A significant amount of evidence was gathered in this case which made it impossible for Sturges to do anything other than plead guilty.

“We will take offences like this extremely seriously to ensure that our roads and communities are safe for everyone.”