Dangerous driver jailed after police car chase in Weymouth

Dangerous driver jailed after police car chase in Weymouth

Published by Maria Greenwood at 11:03am 23rd October 2019.

A man has been jailed for dangerous driving in Weymouth.

Marek Roman Tarnawski, aged 37 and of no fixed abode, was sentenced to six months in prison at Weymouth Magistrates’ Court after admitting dangerous driving.

He was also disqualified from driving for two years.

Tarnawski entered further guilty pleas to offences of failing to comply with a traffic signal, driving a motor vehicle otherwise than in accordance with a licence, using a motor vehicle on a road or public place without third party insurance and possessing a class B drug.

weymouth magistrates court
Weymouth Magistrates Court

'Police chase'

At around 5.35pm on Monday 8 April 2019 an officer in a marked police car saw a silver Vauxhall Vectra driving at speed along Spa Road and turn right onto Dorchester Road.

The officer turned on their lights and sirens and followed the Vauxhall.

It was seen overtaking several vehicles at speed on Dorchester Road, causing traffic coming in the opposite direction to take swerve out of the way.

Cranford Avenue Weymouth
Cranford Avenue, Weymouth

The Vauxhall  then turned left into Cranford Avenue and into Fernhill Avenue before it was found abandoned in Ferndale Road.

A short time later, Tarnawski was seen by officers in Weymouth Way and was detained after being chased on foot.

He was arrested and found in possession of a small amount of cannabis. 

The Vauxhall, which was registered to the defendant, was seized. It was confirmed that Tarnawski only held a provisional driving licence.

Police Car

Police Constable Tom Arnold, of Weymouth police, said:

“The reckless actions of Marek Tarnawski on Monday 8 April put other road users and pedestrians in the area at significant risk and it is only through good fortune that somebody was not seriously hurt.

“Thanks to the swift actions of officers, we were able to quickly identify Tarnawski as being responsible for these offences and he was arrested just a short time afterward.”