A MAN who led police on an 80mph chase through rural villages has been jailed.
And Shane Ainger had his driving described as “appalling” by a judge.
He has been jailed for his “appalling driving” when he led police on a 25-minute chase which only ended when he crashed into some parked cars.
The West Yorkshire Police helicopter was called in to aid officers on the evening of May 17 after Ainger sped off in Huddersfield.
Richard Smith prosecuting told Leeds Crown Court yesterday police on mobile patrol saw Ainger about 10pm driving a van which according to records had no insurance and signalled for him to stop.
He did pull up in Wakefield Road but as the PC got out to speak to him the van started off again.
Over the next 25 minutes he drove on the wrong side of the road forcing vehicles to swerve to avoid him and was pursued through villages including Shelley and Shepley.
He reached speeds up to 80mph before he lost control in Penistone Road, Shepley, and crashed into parked cars and a metal fence which prevented him hitting houses.
Ainger, 29 of Huddersfield Road, Shelley , was jailed for four months and disqualified from driving for 12 months after admitting dangerous driving, having no insurance and possessing some cannabis found in the footwell of the van.
Sentencing him Judge Guy Kearl QC said it was an aggravating feature that Ainger had a previous conviction in 2008 for failing to stop for a police officer when required to do so.
He told the defendant: “Your driving was appalling in terrible conditions, it was raining, visibility was poor.
“You proceeded to drive on the wrong side of the road on many occasions, through junctions, round bollards on the wrong side, and at roundabouts without stopping and at blind corners on the wrong side.
“As the chase went on and on, your speeds increased. You went faster and faster.
“When police attempted to overtake you, you drove in the centre of the road to prevent them from doing so. You swerved out to prevent them overtaking and caused other cars to swerve to avoid you.
“You put other people’s lives in danger with potentially catastrophic consequences for yourself and others.”
Zara Begum representing Ainger said he was made redundant in February and used his first benefits to buy the van and then to do it up so he could find work.
He had intended to insure it from his next benefits but when stopped by the police he had panicked and drove off.
He then did not know how to end things.
“He accepts his actions were shocking, not only putting himself in danger but also others and is genuinely remorseful.”
She said he had found work now as general labourer and urged the judge not to jail him immediately but Judge Kearl said custody was inevitable.