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Man jailed after high-speed chase in city

A man who led police on a high-speed chase through north east Hamilton and caused an accident was yesterday jailed for more than four months.

The court heard that police officers saw Perry Hayward riding a motorcycle along Court Street in Hamilton and tried to stop him because he was wanted in connection with another case.

But Hayward sped down Court Street when he saw police and rode on the wrong side of Elliott Street, which forced other road users to swerve to avoid a collision.

Hayward, 41, from Sandys, ignored a stop sign and turned on to Brunswick Street, which forced another motorist to hit their brakes.

He also raced along Beacon Road, Cedar Avenue and Dundonald Street.

Hayward collided with two cars on Dundonald Street but rode away before police reached the scene. He was arrested later.

Hayward pleaded guilty in Magistrates’ Court to dangerous driving, failing to stop after an accident and ignoring a police order to pull over.

No one was injured in the crash, but one of the cars lost a mirror on the driver’s side and the other suffered damage to body panels.

Hayward told the court that he was “under the influence” at the time and afraid to go to prison.

But he told the court he was locked up for four years for another offence.

Karen King Deane, for the Crown, asked the court to give Hayward jail time rather than fines, which would have amounted to $1,450.

It was not revealed in court what Hayward had been jailed for or when.

Magistrate Maxanne jailed Hayward for 135 days but ordered it to run concurrently with his present sentence.

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