Man sped away from Derbyshire officers with children in the back of his car

A man who sped away from police in Derbyshire with children in the back of his car has been sent to crown court to be sentenced.

Tuesday, 28th January 2020, 4:07 pm
Updated Tuesday, 28th January 2020, 9:29 pm

Zeon Junior Rushden was spotted by officers wheel-spinning his vehicle out of a McDonald's close to Derbyshire Constabulary’s force headquarters in Ripley, Chesterfield Magistrates’ Court was told on Tuesday, January 28.

Officers gave chase, and Rushden, 28, was recorded travelling at 80mph in a 40 zone, dangerously overtaking vehicles and driving at speed over humps.

When he was finally pulled over, another adult climbed out of the car, along with the youngsters who still had their Happy Meals.

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Zeon Rushden was spotted wheel-spinning out of a McDonald's

The adult then distracted officers and Rushden ran away, but was apprehended nearby shortly afterwards, on January 4, the court heard.

Prosecuting, Becky Allsop said: “It was a Saturday at about 2.30pm when police saw the defendant wheel-spin his vehicle out of the McDonald’s and went round the roundabout onto Coach Road, reaching speeds of 60mph and other vehicles had to take evasive action, he was overtaking on blind bends and reaching speeds of 80mph in a 40 zone.

“He had another adult in his car and there were children in the back.

Rushden, of King William Street, Ironville, admitted dangerous driving, failing to stop, driving without insurance and resisting arrest.

Mitigating, Randheer Johal said: “This matter is clearly out of this court's jurisdiction.”

Magistrates adjourned the case until Tuesday, February 25, at Derby Crown Court for sentencing.