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Four-year sentence for heroin addict after crime spree in Weymouth
A HEROIN addict has been jailed for four years after a crime spree in Weymouth.
Christopher Heal was sentenced at Dorchester Crown Court after admitting a host of offences between December last year and May this year, including possessing cannabis with intent to supply and two charges of dangerous driving.
The 31-year-old defendant, right, was also banned from driving for four years.
Anita Gibson-Lee, prosecuting said the first set of offences included dangerous driving, driving while disqualified, handling stolen goods, possession of cannabis with intent to supply and possession of a prohibited weapon.
She said on December 13 officers saw Heal, formerly of Dorchester Road, Weymouth, who they knew to be disqualified from driving, at the wheel of a car.
They attempted to stop him but as they put on their lights and sirens Heal reversed from a queue of traffic and drove through a red light on the opposite carriageway.
He led police on a two-mile pursuit on roads including the Swannery Bridge, Abbotsbury Road and Weymouth Way at one point reaching 80mph in a 50mph zone.
Miss Gibson-Lee said: “He narrowly avoided being in a collision with another vehicle.”
Eventually Heal pulled over and, after finding a stolen satnav in his car, officers later searched his property where they found 27 wraps of cannabis with an estimated street value of around £4,000 and a combined stun gun and pepper spray.
Around two weeks later Heal was again caught driving while disqualified and driving with no insurance.
Whilst he was on bail for those two sets of offences and another unrelated matter he committed a further offence of dangerous driving and failing to stop following an accident on May 9 relating to an incident in St Lawrence Road that saw him drive into another vehicle.
The court was told Heal had 30 previous convictions for 87 offences including two previous matters of dangerous driving and 14 offences of driving whilst disqualified.
Roderick Blain, representing Heal, told the court that his client had a ‘longstanding’ drug problem.
He told Judge Roger Jarvis: “It will come as no surprise to your honour that the reason which lies behind this sort of offending is a long standing chronic abuse of drugs, in this case heroin.” Judge Jarvis told the defendant: “This is an object lesson to others as to what can happen to people who become chronically addicted to Class A drugs.”
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