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Driver stole ambulance, led police on 37-mile chase then dumped it on level crossing

Untold carnage was avoided when a 70mph train came within inches of crashing into a a stolen decommissioned ..

By admin , in England , at November 22, 2018

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Untold carnage was avoided when a 70mph train came within inches of crashing into a a stolen decommissioned ambulance that had been dumped on a level crossing.

Police desperately tried to flag down the train but it was unable to stop when Shane Hughes, 41, crashed the vehicle and fled on foot.

Footage from inside the police car records officers worries about the oncoming train, which can be heard sounding its horn frantically as it fast approaches.

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Screen grab from handout video dated 13/07/18 issued by North Yorkshire Police of a decommissioned ambulance driven by Shane Hughes, who has been jailed for 22 months after he smashed through a level-crossing barrier and came within inches of colliding with a high-speed train. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday November 21, 2018. See PA story COURTS Crossing. Photo credit should read: North Yorkshire Police/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

Hughes crashed through a barrier, dumped the ambulance then fled on foot (Picture: PA)

The old ambulance Shane Hughes,41, led police on a 37-mile chase in.See SWNS story SWLEcrash.A banned driver who led police on high-speed chase in an old ambulance before crashing through a railway crossing just as a train passed at 70mph has been jailed.Shane Hughes, 41, led police on an extraordinary 37-mile chase at speeds of up to 92mph in the decommissioned ambulance before abandoning it close to the rail tracks.Seconds later a train passed just inches away leading a judge to describe the incident as one of the 'worst cases of dangerous driving' he had ever seen.Hughes narrowly avoided oncoming vehicles, drove on the opposite side of the road and went the wrong way round a roundabout before crashing at the level crossing.

The decommissioned ambulance was taken on a 37-mile police chase (Picture: SWNS)

Thankfully the ambulance was on the other side of the track but the train was just inches away from hitting it.

Hughes had stolen the ambulance on his way to a festival while high on cannabis in July this year.

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He took police on a 37-mile chase before approaching the crossing with the barriers down and the lights flashing in Kildwick, North Yorkshire.

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Hughes crashed through the first barrier, but crashed on the opposite side then jumped out and ran off to be found later hiding in someones garden.

Hughes, from Halifax, West Yorkshire, has now been jailed for 22 months by a judge who described it as the worst case of dangerous driving he had ever seen.

Screen grab from handout video dated 13/07/18 issued by North Yorkshire Police of Shane Hughes, who has been jailed for 22 months after he smashed through a level-crossing barrier while driving a decommissioned ambulance and came within inches of colliding with a high-speed train. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday November 21, 2018. See PA story COURTS Crossing. Photo credit should read: North Yorkshire Police/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

Shane Hughes ran off on foot and was later arrested in someones back garden (Picture: PA)

Undated handout photo issued by North Yorkshire Police of Shane Hughes, who has been jailed for 22 months after he smashed through a railway barrier while driving a decommissioned ambulance and came within inches of colliding with a high-speed train. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday November 21, 2018. See PA story COURTS Crossing. Photo credit should read: North Yorkshire Police/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

Hughes has been jailed and given a lengthy driving ban (Picture: PA)

Hughes was also banned for driving for six years and 11 months after pleaded guilty to a number of driving offences and a charge of theft, the force said.

Traffic Constable Gemma Brett, of the Major Collision Investigation Unit who led the case for North Yorkshire Police, said: On the day of these offences, Shane Hughes put numerous lives at risk and could have caused untold carnage.

His actions were totally irresponsible, illegal and focused entirely on himself with no thought whatsoever for the safety of anyone else.

The sentence handed to him today shows that the courts, as well as the police, are determined to keep North Yorkshires communities safe by getting offenders like Hughes off our roads.

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