Man who drove recklessly to evade capture by police jailed

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A 31-year-old man who drove recklessly to evade capture by police has been jailed.

Mark Richardson Jnr was yesterday sentenced to 18-months in prison at Glasgow Sheriff Court for Culpable and Reckless Conduct after fleeing from officers in Glasgow at the end of 2016.

Richardson was wanted on warrant as part of an organised crime investigation in Edinburgh, as well as a recall to prison order and was staying in the Glasgow area while actively avoiding police.

On 19th December 2016 the Police Scotland helicopter was deployed as part of targeted activity to apprehend Richardson during which time he was spotted entering a black Mini.

Richardson became aware of the helicopter and made off at excessive speed, driving on the opposing carriageway before abandoning the car at an Esso petrol station in Keppochill Road.

Mark Richardson Jnr © Police Scotland

He then got into another vehicle before subsequently being arrested by officers from the Organised Crime and Counter Terrorism Unit.

Detective Inspector Graeme Naysmith from the East OCCTU said: “Significant police resources were utilised to apprehend Mark Richardson Jnr, who was actively doing all he could to avoid detection.

“On the day of his eventual arrest, Richardson drove at speeds exceeding 65mph in a 30mph zone while fleeing police. His actions were not only reckless but exceptionally dangerous and put other motorists and members of the public at real risk of harm.

“His arrest was the culmination of extensive planning and co-operation from a range of Police Scotland departments and I want to thank all of those involved who helped ensure Richardson received another custodial sentence.”

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