Henlow man jailed for four years after pleading guilty to drug and driving offences

PUBLISHED: 15:36 01 March 2019

Joshua Girling has been jailed for more than four years. Picture: Beds Police

Joshua Girling has been jailed for more than four years. Picture: Beds Police

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A Henlow man has been jailed for more than four years for drug and driving offences after a police chase last year.

Joshua Girling, of Jubilee Close, was sentenced to four-and-a-half years in prison at Luton Crown Court on Monday after pleading guilty to possession with intent to supply class A and class B drugs and dangerous driving.

The 23-year-old was initially arrested on July 4 last year after failing to stop for police in Luton.

Girling was then seen disposing of a package from the vehicle before driving recklessly at more than double the speed limit, mounting the central reservation, driving against the oncoming traffic at a roundabout, crashing the vehicle and fleeing the scene on foot.

He was detained in a nearby field shortly afterwards.

Officers discovered the discarded package which was identified as cocaine and heroin, with more cocaine found at an address in Luton linked to Girling.

At the time of his arrest, he was on bail for an offence committed in January 2017.

Girling was sentenced to six months for intent to supply class B drugs, a further six months for dangerous driving and 42 months for possession with intent to supply class B drugs, to run consecutively.

He was also disqualified from driving for 35 months.

Detective Constable James Mirza said: “Girling initially denied any knowledge and responsibility for the discarded package containing cocaine and drugs found at the address in Luton, and only admitted the driving offences.

“As the case progressed he changed his plea in a previous case and admitted to possession with intent to supply cannabis. He also pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply class A drugs.

“Girling is a dangerous individual who, with no regard for other people’s safety, attempted to move off from police officers in order to avoid taking responsibility for the drug offences he was involved in.”

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