Swanage man jailed after dangerously driving at high speed

After driving at a speed up to 92 mph, jumping red traffic lights and going on the wrong side of the road, while pursued by police in the early hours of the morning, Coby Eke from Osborne Road in Swanage has been jailed for eight months.

He was convicted of driving a motor vehicle dangerously, after failing to stop for police while driving on the A351 near Corfe Castle at around 2.10 am on Wednesday 10th June 2020.

The police tracked 25 year old, Coby Eke for 20 minutes as he drove from Corfe Castle, round Wareham, through Sandford and over to Poole, eventually stopping in West Parley at around 2.30 am.

Helicopter footage of police arresting Coby Eke
Dorset Police

Helicopter footage of the police arresting the Swanage man, 25 year old, Coby Eke

Continuing at 60 mph through built up areas

Captured on police car dash cam footage and filmed by a National Police Air Service helicopter, he was caught travelling at speeds up to 92 mph and continuing at 60 mph through built up areas. He drove on the wrong side of the road, ignored red traffic lights and went round a roundabout the wrong way.

Due to the time of night and while the country was still under lockdown restrictions, there was little traffic on the road.

As Coby Eke reached West Parley and with police cars in pursuit, he eventually slowed down and stopped his vehicle, giving police the chance to box his vehicle in, preventing him from continuing to drive. He was arrested at the scene.

Coby Eke,
Dorset Police

Coby Eke of Osborne Road in Swanage

Sentenced to eight months in prison

At Poole Magistrates on Thursday 11th June 2020, Coby Eke pleaded guilty to driving a motor vehicle dangerously. He was sentenced to eight months in prison at Bournemouth Crown Court on Friday 17th July 2020.

He is expected to serve four months and once released he will be disqualified from driving for two years. After two years, he will have to pass an extended driving test in order to get his licence back. He was also ordered to pay £128 victim surcharge.

Police dash cam footage showing speeds up to 92mph
Dorset Police

Dorset Police dash cam footage shows speeds up to 92 mph

Police continue to track the car as it slows down
Dorset Police

Police continue to track the car as it slows down in West Parley

Suspended sentence for battery

Previously on Thursday 2nd January 2020, Coby Eke was given a suspended sentence for battery. Having committed the driving offence, he will now serve the 20 week sentence at the same time as his jail term for dangerous driving.

A Dorset Police spokesperson said:

“Driving in this manner puts not just those directly involved but also other road users and members of the public at significant risk.

“We will take action to identify those who fail to drive with appropriate care and consideration and bring them before the courts.”

Dorset Police helicopter footage showing Swanage man, Coby Eke’s car and his arrest

Dorset Police dash cam footage of arrest of Coby Eke

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