Man led police on 70mph chase in lorry after being spotted with samurai sword

A thug who led police on a dramatic 70mph chase in a flat bed lorry has been jailed – and may now face deportation.

Andrius Macianskas, 39, hurtled down city streets at more than double their speed limit in the 20-minute pursuit.

A court heard the lorry, which had stolen number plates, even swerved across lanes of the M62 in desperate attempt to escape police.

But Hull Live reports Macianskas was eventually snagged and was yesterday jailed for two years and two months.

In addition to dangerous driving and driving without insurance, Macianskas also admitted handling stolen goods and possession of a bladed article, the latter in relation to a separate incident one month the police chase.

Sentencing the defendant at Hull Crown Court, Judge John Thackray said: “I strive to reach a sentence that is just and proportionate in all of the circumstances.

“I make it clear that had I been dealing with these individual offences individually, the sentences would have been longer. All of the offences are so serious in my judgement that only an immediate custodial sentence can be justified.

“The police made it clear to you that you should stop but you chose not to do so for many miles and you drove well in excess of the speed limit. You put the public and the police officers in considerable danger.

“In a built up area, for a distance, you drove over 70mph and at that sort of time some people may have been going to work.

“The vehicle you were driving is a considerable factor. It was a flat bed lorry that is not equipped to be driving at the speeds of which you were driving on the motorway, never mind a built-up, residential area. The CCTV shows you were determined to escape.”

The court heard Maciansaks’ criminal history, all of which had taken place in his home country of Lithuania.

Catherine Kioko-Gilligan, prosecuting, said the yob was sentenced to nine years’ imprisonment there in 2004, and another six years in 2013 for dissimilar offences.

It means Macianskas may be sent back to Lithuania now.

On August 12 last year, one month before the police chase, the man was seen in Bransholme, Hull, holding a large samurai sword. He also had on his person a quantity of amphetamine.

But when he was spotted by police, he hid the sword in a nearby bush and, when it was found, he went on to tell officers he was “trimming the brambles”.

He was arrested, questioned and released on bail, but Macianskas was not happy to stay out of trouble.

Speaking in relation to the next offences, Miss Kioko-Gilligan said: “The chase went on for around 20 minutes, with both the defendant and the police driving on the M62, the A63, Boothferry Road and Hessle Road – both of which are 30mph zones – at 70mph.

“He eventually came to a stop and fled, but he was arrested and found to be wearing latex gloves.”

Macianskas’ lawyer said the roads were empty at the time of the driving offences.

“What is aggravating is the fact that he was attempting to get away from the police and in mitigation, I will say that there was virtually nobody else on the road with it being 4am, members of the public were not in the area, bar one taxi, but apart from that, the roads were clear,” John Dunning, defending, said.

“In relation to the possession of a bladed article, he said in his interview that he was using it for cutting brambles and pleaded guilty to it.”

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