A teenage driver panicked because he had no insurance and led police on a 10-minute chase through Ravensthorpe and Mirfield before he collided with another vehicle.

Leeds Crown Court heard Joshua Scally was seen by officers on the afternoon of April 10 because he was wearing no seat belt in his Mercedes vehicle in Huddersfield Road, Ravensthorpe.

Syam Soni prosecuting said they signalled him to stop and initially he did so but when one officer got out to speak to him he drove off at speed.

They pursued him in Ravensthorpe and Mirfield as he turned out of junctions without stopping causing other vehicles to brake and reached speeds of up to 70mph in 30mph residential roads.

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He overtook vehicles at roundabouts causing other drivers to manoeuvre out of his way and turned into North Road which had traffic calming measures.

Mr Soni said his speed over the bumps caused the car “almost to become airborne”. He lost control and crashed into the rear of another vehicle causing some injury to those inside.

He then tried to get away on foot but was quickly caught. The court heard he had told a probation officer he was not insured and panicked.

Peter Byrne representing Scally said: “He fully understands the precarious position he has placed himself in today.”

He said the teenager was a carer for his mother and after problems with damage to her mobility car he had bought his car shortly before the incident to help her get about intending to get insurance.

Police pursuit through Mirfield ended with a collision between a stolen silver Mercedes and a black Audi at North Road, Ravensthorpe.

She would be placed in difficulty if he was jailed immediately. “He understands he has created this situation but would comply with any alternative order the court could make.”

Scally, 19 of Clarkston Street, Ravensthorpe, Dewsbury admitted dangerous driving and having no insurance. He was sentenced to 12 months in a young offender institution suspended for two years with 300 hours unpaid work and disqualified from driving for two years.

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Judge Tom Bayliss QC said: “You took off and the result of that was a 10 minute chase ensued put the police officer pursuing you, you and other road users at risk.”

But he accepted Scally was a naive individual who was remorseful for his actions and shocked by his predicament and could suspend the sentence, but warned him any breach would lead to custody.