This week in court: A dangerous driver, cannabis grower and a fire engine driver

One court heard this week how the fortunes of a former head chef took a turn for the worse after he was involved in a police chase which ended with him falling into a river.

Christopher Norton used to work as a head chef at former Saltwater bar and restaurant, in The Cornerhouse, but was made redundant in March 2018, leading to the loss of his accommodation.

On Sunday, October 7, last year he repeatedly broke the speed limit, ignored red lights and twice veered on the wrong side of a keep left bollard.

He went along Southwell Road toward Rainworth, through Kirklington and headed for the village of Hockerton, driving through there at 60mph. Police followed with a helicopter crew tracking his speeding red Vauxhall Astra.

Mark Knowles, prosecuting at the crown court in Nottingham, said at one point: “He went through traffic lights at 100mph in a 60mph area”.

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