BMW driver Tegan Natasha Bulley hit 90mph in pursuit through Totton, court told
A WOMAN pursued by police through Totton hit a top speed of 90mph in her BMW with children inside, a court heard.
Tegan Natasha Bulley (29) failed to stop for officers after speeding past an unmarked car on the A35 from Southampton towards the town.
She went on to drive in residential roads at 70mph, on opposite sides of the carriageway, speeding over speed bumps, and overtaking vehicles illegally.
Police were so concerned about her driving during the incident on 15th January 2021 that they abandoned the pursuit.
It began on the Redbridge flyover and went on to Commercial Road before coming to a temporary stop at a dead end in Montgomery Avenue.
Bulley was identified after a member of the public flagged down officers to report people acting suspiciously in the direction of Water Lane, and her BMW was discovered nearby.
A woman, with two young children, was spotted crossing a road at the time – whom CCTV showed as the driver.
Bulley, of St James Close in Southampton, was later arrested and charged with dangerous driving.
Appearing at Southampton Magistrates' Court, she admitted the offence and was handed an eight-month sentence, suspended for 15 months.
She was also disqualified from driving for 12 months, ordered to carry out 80 hours of unpaid work and 20 days with the probation service, and fined £120.
PC Theo McNulty, of the roads policing unit, said afterwards: “The standard of driving exhibited by Bulley falls far below what is expected of a careful and competent driver.
“This is aggravated by the fact that she had her two young children, aged five and eight, in the car at the time of the offence with no child seats in the vehicle to restrain them.
“The undue care shown is beyond belief. She not only put herself and her children at considerable risk, but the officers involved in the pursuit and other roads users at risk too.
"Thankfully her actions did not result in a road traffic collision as I have no doubt that someone could have been seriously injured, or worse, fatally wounded."
He added: “We hope that this serves as a reminder to the dangers of driving at excess speeds and that we will always do what we can to bring those responsible to justice and place them in front of the courts.”