Leicester man jailed after fatal police chase crash

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The crash caused by Tomlinson was described by police as "horrific"

A man who admitted causing a fatal crash while being pursued by an unmarked police car has been jailed for nine years.

Guy Tomlinson, 37, was being chased by officers when his car hit a tipper truck in Leicester on 9 March 2016.

David Anger and Christopher Needham, who were both passengers in the car, died in the crash on Fosse Road South.

In addition to the prison term, Tomlinson was also given a 15-year driving ban at Leicester Crown Court.

The collision was described as "horrific" by Leicestershire police.

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Two people in the truck were treated for minor injuries and damage was caused to a shop in the crash

Tomlinson previously pleaded guilty to two counts of causing death by dangerous driving, two counts of causing death by driving while uninsured and two counts of causing death by driving while unlicensed.

Two people in the lorry suffered minor injuries during the crash and damage was caused to a shop on the corner of Upperton Road.

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Two men died in the crash

Det Sgt Mark Watling said: "This was a horrific collision which resulted in the death of two men.

"Prior to the collision Tomlinson was travelling at speeds in excess of 64mph (102kmph) and failed to stop for a police officer on Narborough Road South.

"He took a massive risk that night when he disregarded the traffic lights and used excessive speed, he will now be facing a considerable amount of time in prison."

The Independent Police Complaints Commission is still investigating the crash.

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