Harrowing moment driver barely avoids crashing into funeral carriage

Harrowing moment disqualified driver barely avoids crashing into horse-drawn funeral carriage as he fled police – before being jailed for 14 months

  • Jason Dewsbury narrowly avoided road chaos near Blackbird Leys, Oxford
  • Police spotted  his car ‘belching’ black smoke and speeding in a 20mph zone 
  • He was jailed for 14 months and banned from the roads for more than two years

A dangerous driver narrowly avoided causing chaos after coming close to crashing his car into a horse-drawn funeral carriage while fleeing from police.

Dashcam footage shows the moment that mechanic Jason Dewsbury narrowly avoided causing ‘chaos’ near Blackbird Leys, Oxford.

The 29-year-old, from Headington, had been fleeing a police patrol car in his Vauxhall Zafira on September 22.

Officers spotted his car ‘belching’ black smoke and decided to hit the blue lights after seeing the vehicle speeding through a 20mph zone at twice the speed limit.

At this point, the father-of-four decided to speed off, narrowly avoiding the funeral precession.

 Jason Dewsbury came close to crashing his car into a horse-drawn funeral carriage whilst fleeing from police.

 Police dashcam footage shows the moment the disqualified driver narrowly avoided causing ‘chaos’ near Blackbird Leys, Oxford. 

He later claimed that he had been trying to get his vehicle up to speed to diagnose the cause of the smoke – despite the fact that he was disqualified from driving and already held a suspended prison sentence. 

Lee Jackson, 30, of funeral directors’ Jackson & Browning, had been on the carriage headed towards a woman’s funeral at Iffley Church when the incident took place.

Lee said: ‘I didn’t know whether to jump off the hearse or not.

‘The horses were fine, they’re trained animals and they’re more worried about a carrier bag than a vehicle.

‘When we got to the church I said to my colleagues “what was that all about?” My hearse driver said: “Lee, you don’t know how close it was.”‘

Dashcam footage captured by the police patrol vehicle later showed it speeding through 50mph zones at 80mph, and undertaking other vehicles.

Dewsbury only stopped when he reached the row of shops opposite the Church of the Holy Family. 

Ditching the car, he fled on foot but was swiftly tracked down.

The defendant, of Trinity Road, Headington Quarry, pleaded guilty at the Oxford Crown Court to dangerous driving, driving whilst disqualified and driving without insurance.

He admitted being in breach of a suspended 16 week prison sentence imposed earlier this year for disqualified driving, one of half a dozen convictions on his record for dangerous driving or disqualified driving.

Judge Nigel Daly jailed him for 14 months and banned him from the roads for two years and seven months.

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