A COUSIN of boxer Tyson Fury has been jailed for leading police on a car chase while towing a stolen caravan.
Cops spotted Hugh Fury, 24, driving a Mitsubishi Challenger four-wheel drive while towing a £16,000 caravan.
The car had been bought that day in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, and the caravan had been stolen, also that day.
The traffic cops turned on their blue lights but former pro boxer Fury failed to stop and drove along country roads towards Kendal at up to 60mph.
He tried to stop police getting past and only just remained in control of the vehicle and caravan at two roundabouts before careering through a wooden gate and into a field, Carlisle crown court heard.
He leapt out of the car and tried flee on foot but was arrested nearby.
The gate was destroyed and damage of around £3,400 was caused to the caravan, it was said.
He initially denied knowing the caravan had been stolen in March 2017, but later pleaded guilty to handling stolen goods and dangerous driving.
The court heard Fury’s former professional boxing career had ended when he was stripped of his licence after a diabetes diagnosis.
The death of his father sent him into a spiral of drug and alcohol misuse but he is now on medication and is determined to mend his ways, it was said.
Colette Renton, mitigating, said: “Prison has been a wake-up call. His words were ‘prison is for mugs; only a fool would put themselves at risk of going back there’. He has learned from his mistakes.”
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Judge David Potter said he was impressed with his efforts while remanded in custody.
He jailed him for 11 months. He must serve a 12-month driving ban when released and pass an extended test before he can drive again.
Ms Renton said Fury, of Lancaster, Lancashire, was a distant cousin of Tyson Fury. He is not the same person as former British Heavyweight champion Hughie Fury, another cousin of Tyson’s.
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