A Sittingbourne thief led police on a high-speed chase with two children in a car after stealing insulation from the Twydall building site

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A thief who broke into a construction site and stole £600 worth of insulation, led police on a high-speed chase as he drove away with two young children in his car.

William Dallas, 33, broke into the site in Romany Road, Twydall, on February 12 but was spotted by a member of the public climbing over a fence with three packs of insulation and police were called .

William Dallas will be sentenced at Maidstone Crown Court

As officers approached the scene, they located Dallas driving a Kia vehicle and ordered him to pull over in nearby Pump Lane, however, he sped up and police began pursuing him.

As they followed him, Dallas, who used to live in Chatham but now lives in Saffron Way, Sittingbourne, drove at speeds of 70mph in 30mph zones and drove fast around the curves of Pump Lane, The Street and Forge Lane, in Gillingham.

He finally came to a halt when he crashed into a ditch and fled, but was caught by officers as he tried to flee.

It was not revealed where the children were when Dallas fled the vehicle.

After he was arrested, police discovered he had no license or insurance to drive and believed he might be under the influence of drugs, but Dallas refused to provide a specimen.

He was charged with burglary, dangerous driving, failing to stop, failing to provide a specimen for analysis and driving without a license or insurance and admitted all offenses when appearing in Medway Magistrates Court October 6.

Dallas appeared in Medway Magistrates Court.  File photo: John Nurden
Dallas appeared in Medway Magistrates Court. File photo: John Nurden

Prosecution Victoria McGrady said: “He was seen climbing over the fence and had stolen three insulation packs worth £600 and a member of the public made a 999 call.

“Police ordered him to pull over when they located his vehicle, but he drove away.

“The chase lasted six minutes and there were two child passengers in the car.

“The vehicle ended up in a ditch and ran away from the scene but was caught by police.

“He made no comment during the interview and was asked for a sample for analysis but refused to comply with the procedure.

William Dallas admitted the offenses at Medway Magistrates Court
William Dallas admitted the offenses at Medway Magistrates Court

“It was also discovered that he had no license or insurance.”

District Judge Stephen Leake imposed an interim driving ban on Dallas and adjourned sentencing and ordered that a pre-sentencing report be made on him.

He also decided to send the case back to Maidstone Crown Court for sentencing on a date yet to be fixed.

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