Westcliff man jailed less than 24 hours after arrest in Wickford

A Westcliff-on-Sea man has been jailed just one day after being charged following a police pursuit.

Officers saw a white Transit van travelling along Golden Jubilee Way in Wickford on the morning of Sunday February 4. Their suspicions were aroused when a check on the registration indicated an owner older than the man who was driving.

As they signalled for the driver to stop, the Transit overtook them and headed towards Nevendon Road, weaving dangerously through the traffic before driving on the wrong side of the road, into oncoming traffic.

The driver made his way down the A127 and decamped after parking on a grass verge.

He was chased and detained at the rear of a petrol garage.

Enquiries at the scene discovered the vehicle was on false plates and had been reported stolen from Harlow in December 2023.

Furthermore, the driver was a disqualified driver.

Adam Bibby of St. James Gardens, Westcliff-on-Sea, was charged later that same evening with several offences and remanded in custody overnight to appear at Southend-on-Sea Magistrates’ Court on Monday February 5.

The 31-year-old pleaded guilty to all charges including driving whilst disqualified, dangerous driving and no insurance.

Bibby was jailed for 26 weeks and disqualified from driving for two years for the charges of driving whilst disqualified and dangerous driving.

No separate penalty was issued for a third charge of driving without insurance.