One-legged driver jailed after high-speed car chase

A one-legged driver was jailed for dangerous driving a year after losing a limb in a motorbike crash.

Aaron Prainer, 22, had his left leg amputated and is in danger of losing his right, which became infected after the accident in November last year.

Prainer, Charlton Crescent, Barking, was jailed for 12 months on Thursday after a high-speed police chase at 3am on November 4.

He was driving at 80 miles an hour in a 30 zone as he tried to escape police officers who saw him run a red light in Waterloo Road, Romford, Snaresbrook Crown Court heard.

A van swerved to avoid a head-on crash before Prainer lost control of his car and hit a mobile toilet in Sunningdale Road, Ilford.


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Prainer claimed he tried to escape police because he did not have a driving licence. He admitted dangerous driving, failing to stop at the scene of an accident and driving without a licence or insurance.

Ibraheem Hussain, defending, urged the judge to spare his client jail on the grounds of his injuries.

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But Judge Simon Mayo said Prainer will still get his treatment in prison.

He said: While I might have some sympathy with anybody who has to face their life with the disability Mr Prainer does, it will not distract me from doing my public duty.”

Prainer also received a 12-month ban from driving.

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