A DANGEROUS driver who put lives at risk as he attempted to evade pursuing police officers and the West Yorkshire Police helicopter in Huddersfield has been jailed for eight months.
At one point, Glenville Pyke drove the wrong way down Huddersfield’s ring road, forcing other drivers to swerve out of his way.
Pyke, 33, accelerated away when officers in a patrol car tried to get his hired Vauxhall Insignia to stop after he was seen speeding on Bradford Road, Huddersfield, in the early hours of August 30 last year.
A judge at Bradford Crown Court yesterday heard details of the 20-minute pursuit, including a crash into a parked BMW, running five red lights and driving at speeds up to 80mph.
Prosecutor Kitty Taylor told the court that the police helicopter was involved in tracking Pyke’s movements and one of the officers in the pursuit described some of his driving as “beyond belief”.
At one point Pyke drove at up to 80mph in the area around the University of Huddersfield’s Queensgate campus where students and clubbers were leaving social events on the Bank Holiday.
Pyke even mistakenly drove on to the wrong carriageway of the ring road, forcing on-coming vehicles to take evasive action.
Mrs Taylor said Pyke drove the wrong way round a roundabout during the pursuit which ended when he mounted the kerb in the Queen Street South area. The driver and two passengers ran off.
“A police dog located the defendant hiding in a bush ,” said Taylor.
Pyke, of Mistress Lane, Armley, Leeds, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, failing to stop for an officer and failing to stop after an accident.
In addition to the jail sentence Judge John Potter also banned him from driving for three years. Pyke will have to take an extended test at the end of his disqualification before he can lawfully drive again.
Although Pyke had no previous convictions for driving matters Judge Potter described his past offending, which included robbery, as disgraceful.