Biker makes dramatic dock escape after he’s jailed for ‘terrifying’ 180mph chase

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A biker who led police on a 180mph chase across London made a dash for freedom when he vaulted the dock as he was jailed.

Marian Dragoi, 19, wasn't quick enough as he was captured inside the court before he could make his getaway.

Dragoi was caged at Wood Green Crown Court, north London, after mounting pavements, ignoring red lights and riding on the wrong side of the road during a "terrifying" 38-minute pursuit across the capital and three counties last May.

He was jailed for 10 months before his failed escape attempt.

The teenager made it down four stories before being stopped at the front door of the court by two police officers and guards.

Moments before the court was told Dragoi had "learnt the error of his ways".

Judge Andrew Holmes said: "That's clearly a matter the police will need to investigate him for and carnage him as appropriate.

"It does not amount to contempt of court but amounts to a criminal offence."

During the high-speed chase, police had to scramble a helicopter to keep up with the teenager as he reached "terrifying speeds".

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The incident lasted more than 30 minutes and Dragoi was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving, theft of a motorcycle, failing to stop for police, driving other than in accordance with a licence and no insurance.

Dragoi, of Tottenham, north London, previously pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, driving without insurance, driving without a licence, and failing to stop for police.

He was sentenced to 46 weeks in prison and was suspended from driving for two years and five months.

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Prosecutor Jane Carpenter said: "This was dangerous riding and the rider himself put himself and members of the public at risk of serious injury or death.

"The rider would have been very aware of the police presence."

In mitigation, Nadia Semlali pleaded with the judge to suspend his sentence because he was hoping to attend university and his family depended on him financially and for the care of his sister.

She said: "It was a moment of madness he has left this house because he's been confined due to the Covid outbreak.

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"He has learnt from the error of his ways and it is something he doesn't not intend to repeat."

The court was also told he tested positive for cocaine at the scene but no charge was brought against him.

The judge said his previous convictions for possession of an offensive weapon in public in 2020 and battery in 2017 established "short but developing pattern of offending."

Judge Holmes said: "I'm told you have learned from the error of your ways. I very much hope that is true.

"I am quite certain that given this sort that criminality can only be met with an immediate custodial sentence."

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