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Man in court after car chase
6:40pm Tuesday 3rd September 2013 in News
A MAN accused of leading cops on a five-mile car chase has appeared in court.
Justin Cartwright, of Hunwicke Road, Greenstead, is accused of failing to stop after driving dangerously with two children in the car.
Police spotted a Saab convertible driving erratically along Bromley Road just outside Colchester on Saturday at 9.20am, a court heard.
Officers saw the car pulling dangerously out of a junction and tried to pull him over but say the driver refused to stop.
Cartwright is accused of driving in the wrong direction along the A133 and travelling at about 80mph in 60mph and 30mph zones during the chase.
Police found the car abandoned in Alefounder Close, Greenstead, with the two youngsters left in the back seats.
A search of the area was launched with officers combing the estate’s streets and back alleys as well as hunting through gardens.
Cartwright, 24, did not enter a plea during a hearing at Colchester Magistrates’ Court.
He is also charged with driving without insurance and with an invalid driving licence.
Ita Farrelly, representing Cartwright, told the court his partner is due to give birth in the next few days and asked magistrates to grant bail as otherwise he would miss the birth of his first-born child.
Cartwright sobbed in the dock at reference to his child to be, but chairman of the bench David Druitt said the magistrates were unable to grant bail.
Cartwright was remanded into custody until an appearance at Chelmsford Crown Court on September 24.
<li> During yesterday’s appearance Cartwright denied a separate charge of affray.
He is due to appear at Chelmsford Crown Court to face the charge on November 11.