Jailed: driver who led police on 70mph car chase through West Howe locked up for 30 months

Bournemouth Echo: JAILED: Lee Hepburn JAILED: Lee Hepburn

A SERIAL offender with a string of driving and drug convictions to his name has been jailed for 30 months.

Lee Hepburn, 26, pleaded guilty to three counts of possessing cannabis – more than £10,000 worth – with intent to supply, as well as dangerous driving, failing to stop and two counts of driving while disqualified.

During one of the incidents last summer, Hepburn led police on a 70mph car chase through West Howe, driving down a footpath before smashing head-on into another car.

The driver of the Daewoo Matiz, Mrs Windsor, and her two grandchildren, aged 13 and 10, suffered whiplash, bruising and severe shock.

Mrs Windsor needed an operation as the crash exacerbated a previous injury.

Bournemouth Crown Court heard that Hepburn, of Highlands Crescent, had appeared in court on 26 occasions for 87 offences, starting in 2003 when he was 15.

In mitigation, Tom Horder said the defendant was dealing drugs because he was being threatened.

Mr Horder said Hepburn had a troubled childhood as a result of domestic abuse.

He said: “He has two children, who he describes as the only good thing in his life, and says the hardest thing about being in prison is being away from them.”

Jailing Hepburn, who was also banned from driving for two years, Judge Samuel Wiggs said: “I know it wasn’t your intention to hit that car. It must have been the most frightening experience imaginable having you emerge from the walkway at speed.”

Of the drugs offences, he said: “I accept that you were under a considerable degree of pressure. That was caused in the first place by your putting yourself in a position where pressure could be applied to you.”

Countdown to Hepburn’s arrest

  •   May 18: Hepburn is spotted in Kinson driving a blue Vauxhall Astra while disqualified, but he evades police pursuit.
  •  May 20: Police locate the car at a house and Hepburn is arrested. Some £3,764 worth of cannabis is found in a bag in the car, as well as scales and a list of dealers.
  • July 9: While on bail for the previous offences, Hepburn is spotted leaving through a window when police interrupt a drugs deal at a house. Another bag is found nearby containing £6,690 worth of cannabis.
  • July 21: Just after 6pm, Hepburn is again spotted behind the wheel of a blue Astra, and he leads police on a 70mph chase along Turbary Park Avenue, Mandale Road, and down a footpath leading to Poole Road. He collides with another vehicle but drives away at speed.
  •  July 25: Arrested in Poole Park, with a further £600 worth of cannabis on his person, and around £500 cash in his pocket.

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7:10am Fri 3 Jan 14

Huey says...

His kids will have enough challenges in life with out having an a idiot like this as a father figure.
His kids will have enough challenges in life with out having an a idiot like this as a father figure. Huey
  • Score: 52

7:18am Fri 3 Jan 14

kalebmoledirt says...

He must of been thrilled when he heard who the judge was.sure he will be reformed when he gets out in 15 months.give him life now and save a lot of decent folk a great deal of misery and possible serious harm
He must of been thrilled when he heard who the judge was.sure he will be reformed when he gets out in 15 months.give him life now and save a lot of decent folk a great deal of misery and possible serious harm kalebmoledirt
  • Score: 51

7:30am Fri 3 Jan 14

High Treason says...

Should have been 15 years.
Should have been 15 years. High Treason
  • Score: 46

7:50am Fri 3 Jan 14

Controversial But True says...

How can he be 'spotted' and arrested so often? Did he wear a yellow high-viz jacket that had 'T W @ T' printed on the back?
How can he be 'spotted' and arrested so often? Did he wear a yellow high-viz jacket that had 'T W @ T' printed on the back? Controversial But True
  • Score: 44

7:58am Fri 3 Jan 14

Wilkie says...

26 previous court appearances for 87 offences since the age of 15. Presumably, without this previous he would have walked out of court with a suspended sentence. The man is a menace, spreading his brain addling misery amonst our sons and daughters and should have been locked up for many years to protect us all.
26 previous court appearances for 87 offences since the age of 15. Presumably, without this previous he would have walked out of court with a suspended sentence. The man is a menace, spreading his brain addling misery amonst our sons and daughters and should have been locked up for many years to protect us all. Wilkie
  • Score: 60

8:19am Fri 3 Jan 14

Lord Spring says...

Where is this very long footpath that leads to Poole Road from Mandale Road.. Do you not mean the shorter one to Poole Lane.
Where is this very long footpath that leads to Poole Road from Mandale Road.. Do you not mean the shorter one to Poole Lane. Lord Spring
  • Score: -10

8:24am Fri 3 Jan 14

nickynoodah says...

Controversial But True wrote:
How can he be 'spotted' and arrested so often? Did he wear a yellow high-viz jacket that had 'T W @ T' printed on the back?
have you seen his ears
with ears that size
he could take off
you know
call in the flying squad
[quote][p][bold]Controversial But True[/bold] wrote: How can he be 'spotted' and arrested so often? Did he wear a yellow high-viz jacket that had 'T W @ T' printed on the back?[/p][/quote]have you seen his ears with ears that size he could take off you know call in the flying squad nickynoodah
  • Score: 8

8:28am Fri 3 Jan 14

adspacebroker says...

Wiggs you are an absolute joke and should be fired! How on earth can you ACCEPT such behaviour. What message does this send out to other scroats! 'It's ok cos Samuel Wiggs will let you off with a short holiday! CPS: I hope you are going to appeal this ridiculous sentence. He has and continued to blight the lives of others over a considerable period of time and then nearly wiped out part of a family because he made a choice to get behind the wheel. He should have got life. What utter nonsense
Wiggs you are an absolute joke and should be fired! How on earth can you ACCEPT such behaviour. What message does this send out to other scroats! 'It's ok cos Samuel Wiggs will let you off with a short holiday! CPS: I hope you are going to appeal this ridiculous sentence. He has and continued to blight the lives of others over a considerable period of time and then nearly wiped out part of a family because he made a choice to get behind the wheel. He should have got life. What utter nonsense adspacebroker
  • Score: 50

8:41am Fri 3 Jan 14

News Fanatic says...

When he comes out of jail, he will not be able to drive, so his chances of a job paying a decent wage are slim. The chances are that he will be back before the courts for dealing before long.
When he comes out of jail, he will not be able to drive, so his chances of a job paying a decent wage are slim. The chances are that he will be back before the courts for dealing before long. News Fanatic
  • Score: 21

8:59am Fri 3 Jan 14

Old Colonial says...

News Fanatic wrote:
When he comes out of jail, he will not be able to drive, so his chances of a job paying a decent wage are slim. The chances are that he will be back before the courts for dealing before long.
".....he will not be able to drive." So who's going to stop him? His conscience?
[quote][p][bold]News Fanatic[/bold] wrote: When he comes out of jail, he will not be able to drive, so his chances of a job paying a decent wage are slim. The chances are that he will be back before the courts for dealing before long.[/p][/quote]".....he will not be able to drive." So who's going to stop him? His conscience? Old Colonial
  • Score: 35

9:00am Fri 3 Jan 14

suzigirl says...

When he gets out do you think that a driving ban is going to stop him driving - I don't think so!
When he gets out do you think that a driving ban is going to stop him driving - I don't think so! suzigirl
  • Score: 36

9:06am Fri 3 Jan 14

BIGTONE says...

Out in 12 months.
I wonder what else in On my way! his wish list.
How many more excuses can be used in mitigation?....."...
.
Ahhhhhh being in possession of an offensive head!
Out in 12 months. I wonder what else in On my way! his wish list. How many more excuses can be used in mitigation?....."... . Ahhhhhh being in possession of an offensive head! BIGTONE
  • Score: 17

9:19am Fri 3 Jan 14

nickynoodah says...

With ears like he's got on the side of his noggin
he could have his own wax factory you know.
With ears like he's got on the side of his noggin he could have his own wax factory you know. nickynoodah
  • Score: -3

9:31am Fri 3 Jan 14

Hessenford says...

In mitigation, Tom Horder said the defendant was dealing drugs because he was being threatened.
.
Yea, he really has the face of a person being threatened.
.
Judge Samuel Wiggs said: “I know it wasn’t your intention to hit that car.
Where do these judges come from, this idiot was on the run and didn't care who he hit to get away.

He misses his kids while in prison, who cares, his kids are probably better off without this drug dealing loser at home.
Nearly 100 offences, ugly, unshaven and resembles a retard, should have got 20 years.
In mitigation, Tom Horder said the defendant was dealing drugs because he was being threatened. . Yea, he really has the face of a person being threatened. . Judge Samuel Wiggs said: “I know it wasn’t your intention to hit that car. Where do these judges come from, this idiot was on the run and didn't care who he hit to get away. He misses his kids while in prison, who cares, his kids are probably better off without this drug dealing loser at home. Nearly 100 offences, ugly, unshaven and resembles a retard, should have got 20 years. Hessenford
  • Score: 38

9:40am Fri 3 Jan 14

kalebmoledirt says...

When judge Wigg see,s this man again and that,s,a given and it won,t be walking in the same neighbourhood as where the judge lives .I digress when passing g sentence he will do well to remember that this man probably thrives in prison as,he settles Into the culture with ease,consider the damage he is doing to lives of those have to tolerate his behaviour .And the cost to the N H S. treating his customers THE danger he brings to the roads,and the overtime paid to the police .as they always seem to have him under surveillance.you will do mankind a favour if you pass him on to a less lenient gullible judge.who may pass a sentence that will releave the community of someone that's brings absolutely no benefits whatsoever to mankind and maybe even give his children room to developers.with some people that have values and morals .I was bought up in West Howe so know there are,such people that will be happy give support
When judge Wigg see,s this man again and that,s,a given and it won,t be walking in the same neighbourhood as where the judge lives .I digress when passing g sentence he will do well to remember that this man probably thrives in prison as,he settles Into the culture with ease,consider the damage he is doing to lives of those have to tolerate his behaviour .And the cost to the N H S. treating his customers THE danger he brings to the roads,and the overtime paid to the police .as they always seem to have him under surveillance.you will do mankind a favour if you pass him on to a less lenient gullible judge.who may pass a sentence that will releave the community of someone that's brings absolutely no benefits whatsoever to mankind and maybe even give his children room to developers.with some people that have values and morals .I was bought up in West Howe so know there are,such people that will be happy give support kalebmoledirt
  • Score: 16

9:48am Fri 3 Jan 14

nickynoodah says...

.I digress when passing g

very funny
its George not g
made me rolf a lot
.I digress when passing g very funny its George not g made me rolf a lot nickynoodah
  • Score: -12

9:50am Fri 3 Jan 14

kalebmoledirt says...

nickynoodah wrote:
With ears like he's got on the side of his noggin
he could have his own wax factory you know.
Our dog had similar to stop him pulling his stitches out the upside was he could get Sky tv
[quote][p][bold]nickynoodah[/bold] wrote: With ears like he's got on the side of his noggin he could have his own wax factory you know.[/p][/quote]Our dog had similar to stop him pulling his stitches out the upside was he could get Sky tv kalebmoledirt
  • Score: -6

10:02am Fri 3 Jan 14

Bohochic72 says...

Good ol' (no) justice Wiggs; you can always rely on him to make the punishment fit the crime!
Good ol' (no) justice Wiggs; you can always rely on him to make the punishment fit the crime! Bohochic72
  • Score: 20

10:09am Fri 3 Jan 14

kalebmoledirt says...

nickynoodah wrote:
.I digress when passing g

very funny
its George not g
made me rolf a lot
What is your first language?
[quote][p][bold]nickynoodah[/bold] wrote: .I digress when passing g very funny its George not g made me rolf a lot[/p][/quote]What is your first language? kalebmoledirt
  • Score: 19

10:29am Fri 3 Jan 14

DemonDiva says...

News Fanatic wrote:
When he comes out of jail, he will not be able to drive, so his chances of a job paying a decent wage are slim. The chances are that he will be back before the courts for dealing before long.
He's been on remand since the car chase took place in May, which I make to be nearly 8 months.

Does that not mean he'll be released immediately?
Or at least within a week or two?
[quote][p][bold]News Fanatic[/bold] wrote: When he comes out of jail, he will not be able to drive, so his chances of a job paying a decent wage are slim. The chances are that he will be back before the courts for dealing before long.[/p][/quote]He's been on remand since the car chase took place in May, which I make to be nearly 8 months. Does that not mean he'll be released immediately? Or at least within a week or two? DemonDiva
  • Score: 9

10:32am Fri 3 Jan 14

DemonDiva says...

My apologies - I was confused with the 30 months halved to 15 months before him coming out. I would guess he'll be released within the next 7-8 months. To return to doing it all over again without a shadow of a doubt.
My apologies - I was confused with the 30 months halved to 15 months before him coming out. I would guess he'll be released within the next 7-8 months. To return to doing it all over again without a shadow of a doubt. DemonDiva
  • Score: 10

10:39am Fri 3 Jan 14

we-shall-see says...

Huey wrote:
His kids will have enough challenges in life with out having an a idiot like this as a father figure.
Exactly and since he claims a troubled childhood got him where he is today - does the idiot not realise he is giving the same treatment to his kids?

Yet another excuse in today's pathetic society in which anyone seldom has the courage to stand up and admit they did it because they could/want to ……. how did people get on in the past when they REALLY had troubles such as in war time, days of no benefits to live on etc when times were tough? They didn't go around acting like today's selfish and arrogant society, thats for sure , so stop making excuses you pathetic piece of s**t!! :o/
[quote][p][bold]Huey[/bold] wrote: His kids will have enough challenges in life with out having an a idiot like this as a father figure.[/p][/quote]Exactly and since he claims a troubled childhood got him where he is today - does the idiot not realise he is giving the same treatment to his kids? Yet another excuse in today's pathetic society in which anyone seldom has the courage to stand up and admit they did it because they could/want to ……. how did people get on in the past when they REALLY had troubles such as in war time, days of no benefits to live on etc when times were tough? They didn't go around acting like today's selfish and arrogant society, thats for sure , so stop making excuses you pathetic piece of s**t!! :o/ we-shall-see
  • Score: 21

10:40am Fri 3 Jan 14

we-shall-see says...

Huey wrote:
His kids will have enough challenges in life with out having an a idiot like this as a father figure.
Exactly and since he claims a troubled childhood got him where he is today - does the idiot not realise he is giving the same treatment to his kids?

Yet another excuse in today's pathetic society in which anyone seldom has the courage to stand up and admit they did it because they could/wanted to or thought they would get away with it ……. how did people get on in the past when they REALLY had troubles such as in war time, days of no benefits to live on etc when times were tough? They didn't go around acting like today's selfish and arrogant society, thats for sure , so stop making excuses you pathetic piece of s**t!! :o/
[quote][p][bold]Huey[/bold] wrote: His kids will have enough challenges in life with out having an a idiot like this as a father figure.[/p][/quote]Exactly and since he claims a troubled childhood got him where he is today - does the idiot not realise he is giving the same treatment to his kids? Yet another excuse in today's pathetic society in which anyone seldom has the courage to stand up and admit they did it because they could/wanted to or thought they would get away with it ……. how did people get on in the past when they REALLY had troubles such as in war time, days of no benefits to live on etc when times were tough? They didn't go around acting like today's selfish and arrogant society, thats for sure , so stop making excuses you pathetic piece of s**t!! :o/ we-shall-see
  • Score: 6

11:09am Fri 3 Jan 14

nickynoodah says...

Hes had a tough time of it probably bullied at school
due to his enormous ears, its his ears what sent him mad
should have used blue tack
saved himself a load of agro.
its only 99p
Hes had a tough time of it probably bullied at school due to his enormous ears, its his ears what sent him mad should have used blue tack saved himself a load of agro. its only 99p nickynoodah
  • Score: -5

11:11am Fri 3 Jan 14

rozmister says...

News Fanatic wrote:
When he comes out of jail, he will not be able to drive, so his chances of a job paying a decent wage are slim. The chances are that he will be back before the courts for dealing before long.
I don't think he had much chance of employment anyway. He's committed 87 offences in about 11 years and he was already disqualified from driving when he was caught. His employment prospects were destroyed a long time ago by the sounds of things! He's clearly been living a criminal lifestyle for most of his adult life, working and following the law can't be something that appeals to him.
[quote][p][bold]News Fanatic[/bold] wrote: When he comes out of jail, he will not be able to drive, so his chances of a job paying a decent wage are slim. The chances are that he will be back before the courts for dealing before long.[/p][/quote]I don't think he had much chance of employment anyway. He's committed 87 offences in about 11 years and he was already disqualified from driving when he was caught. His employment prospects were destroyed a long time ago by the sounds of things! He's clearly been living a criminal lifestyle for most of his adult life, working and following the law can't be something that appeals to him. rozmister
  • Score: 16

11:11am Fri 3 Jan 14

rozmister says...

News Fanatic wrote:
When he comes out of jail, he will not be able to drive, so his chances of a job paying a decent wage are slim. The chances are that he will be back before the courts for dealing before long.
I don't think he had much chance of employment anyway. He's committed 87 offences in about 11 years and he was already disqualified from driving when he was caught. His employment prospects were destroyed a long time ago by the sounds of things! He's clearly been living a criminal lifestyle for most of his adult life, working and following the law can't be something that appeals to him.
[quote][p][bold]News Fanatic[/bold] wrote: When he comes out of jail, he will not be able to drive, so his chances of a job paying a decent wage are slim. The chances are that he will be back before the courts for dealing before long.[/p][/quote]I don't think he had much chance of employment anyway. He's committed 87 offences in about 11 years and he was already disqualified from driving when he was caught. His employment prospects were destroyed a long time ago by the sounds of things! He's clearly been living a criminal lifestyle for most of his adult life, working and following the law can't be something that appeals to him. rozmister
  • Score: 7

11:39am Fri 3 Jan 14

iseestupidpeople says...

People like this should be sterilised. His poor poor children should be taken into care far far away from this low life scum of the earth. How dare he think he has the right to act as a father when he has no respect for anyone, not even himself!
People like this should be sterilised. His poor poor children should be taken into care far far away from this low life scum of the earth. How dare he think he has the right to act as a father when he has no respect for anyone, not even himself! iseestupidpeople
  • Score: 23

12:33pm Fri 3 Jan 14

gileto says...

This scum shouldn't be allowed anywhere near his, nor other people's children. Drug dealers know what they are doing and like those who drive at stupid speeds don't give a monkey's about the consequences of the selfish actions. Social Services are presumably already seeing to this....?
This scum shouldn't be allowed anywhere near his, nor other people's children. Drug dealers know what they are doing and like those who drive at stupid speeds don't give a monkey's about the consequences of the selfish actions. Social Services are presumably already seeing to this....? gileto
  • Score: 11

1:24pm Fri 3 Jan 14

BIGTONE says...

kalebmoledirt wrote:
nickynoodah wrote:
.I digress when passing g

very funny
its George not g
made me rolf a lot
What is your first language?
ASDA
[quote][p][bold]kalebmoledirt[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]nickynoodah[/bold] wrote: .I digress when passing g very funny its George not g made me rolf a lot[/p][/quote]What is your first language?[/p][/quote]ASDA BIGTONE
  • Score: 4

2:24pm Fri 3 Jan 14

DUCKFEEDER says...

BIGTONE wrote:
kalebmoledirt wrote:
nickynoodah wrote:
.I digress when passing g

very funny
its George not g
made me rolf a lot
What is your first language?
ASDA
more like ASBO than ASDA
[quote][p][bold]BIGTONE[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]kalebmoledirt[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]nickynoodah[/bold] wrote: .I digress when passing g very funny its George not g made me rolf a lot[/p][/quote]What is your first language?[/p][/quote]ASDA[/p][/quote]more like ASBO than ASDA DUCKFEEDER
  • Score: -3

5:36pm Fri 3 Jan 14

jazzy jenkins says...

..and he only got 30mnths for this?..disgusting..
..and he only got 30mnths for this?..disgusting.. jazzy jenkins
  • Score: 9

6:34pm Fri 3 Jan 14

manyogie says...

26 times in court, what are the costs of all that?
What is wrong with our legal system in this country?
Why do we continually put offenders thro a costly system that clearly fails,
26 times in court, what are the costs of all that? What is wrong with our legal system in this country? Why do we continually put offenders thro a costly system that clearly fails, manyogie
  • Score: 7

6:42pm Fri 3 Jan 14

manyogie says...

manyogie wrote:
26 times in court, what are the costs of all that?
What is wrong with our legal system in this country?
Why do we continually put offenders thro a costly system that clearly fails,
And as for a troubled childhood, he's 26, a grown man, and has grown beyond any issues he might, or might not, say he has.
[quote][p][bold]manyogie[/bold] wrote: 26 times in court, what are the costs of all that? What is wrong with our legal system in this country? Why do we continually put offenders thro a costly system that clearly fails,[/p][/quote]And as for a troubled childhood, he's 26, a grown man, and has grown beyond any issues he might, or might not, say he has. manyogie
  • Score: 7

10:27pm Fri 3 Jan 14

JohnnyLem says...

This kid was in the same year at school as me, not really one of the main troublemakers, and quite a quiet lad so I am surprised at the path he took.
This kid was in the same year at school as me, not really one of the main troublemakers, and quite a quiet lad so I am surprised at the path he took. JohnnyLem
  • Score: 2

10:53pm Fri 3 Jan 14

Punkey says...

I thought they gave him 30 years not months what a shame
I thought they gave him 30 years not months what a shame Punkey
  • Score: 7

4:32pm Sat 4 Jan 14

stevobath says...

I'm rather liberal.

However I find the excuse about 'pressure' to deal pathetic. Having been involved in drug community for many years in the past, I find this excuse a cop out.
I would however like to point out that I would think he's provided information, hence the light sentence. Also it would seem that the DS/Police bailed him originally as he is obviously a total idiot & was always likely to implicate others in his dealings.

What a sad 'kid'. I feel for his children who obviously mean very little despite his pathetic plea.
Only person he cares about is himself. Doesn't need an expensive report to work that out.
26 going on 13 by the sound of things. Best punishment he can get will be bumping in to those he's probably implicated.
I'm rather liberal. However I find the excuse about 'pressure' to deal pathetic. Having been involved in drug community for many years in the past, I find this excuse a cop out. I would however like to point out that I would think he's provided information, hence the light sentence. Also it would seem that the DS/Police bailed him originally as he is obviously a total idiot & was always likely to implicate others in his dealings. What a sad 'kid'. I feel for his children who obviously mean very little despite his pathetic plea. Only person he cares about is himself. Doesn't need an expensive report to work that out. 26 going on 13 by the sound of things. Best punishment he can get will be bumping in to those he's probably implicated. stevobath
  • Score: 5

8:13pm Sat 4 Jan 14

DemonDiva says...

He's still updating his Facebook, so that's ok. On there he says he got sentenced dec 19th, so old news now.
He's still updating his Facebook, so that's ok. On there he says he got sentenced dec 19th, so old news now. DemonDiva
  • Score: 4

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