Exeter car chase driver was 'escaping aliens'

  • 8 January 2013
  • From the section Devon

A driver who has schizophrenia rammed a police car during a chase across Exeter to escape from aliens, a court heard.

Police were alerted to Brett Webber's bizarre driving after he almost knocked a motorcyclist off his bike in the city centre last January.

Exeter Crown Court was told the 48-year-old, of Venny Bridge, Exeter, believed aliens "were out to kill him".

Webber admitted dangerous driving and the case was adjourned for a psychiatric care plan to be prepared.

Mr James Taghdissian, prosecuting, told the court when Webber was eventually detained he was singing "doh, ray, me" to ward off aliens he perceived to be threatening him.

Miss Kelly Scrivener, defending, asked the court to pass a community order which would allow her client to be treated for his mental disorder, but Judge Phillip Wassall said he could not see a "viable and workable option" to punish Webber properly in the community for what was a "very serious offence".

"I am adjourning this case to give more time to come up with a plan which will give the court a possible way of avoiding what would otherwise be an inevitable prison sentence," he said.

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