A dangerous driver who led police on a high-speed chase for 30-miles around Calderdale has been told by top judges he cannot complain about his jail term.
Joshua Ian Nelson almost hit a cyclist and sped past traffic lights and give-way signs during the 38-minute spate of breakneck driving.
The 24-year-old didn’t even stop when his exhaust pipe fell off and kept going on flat tyres after police deployed a stinger device. He was finally halted in a roadblock in Elland.
Nelson thought his old Volvo wasn’t roadworthy so hadn’t bothered to get insurance for it.
Nelson, of Saltburn Street, Halifax, was jailed for 14 months and banned from driving for three years at Bradford Crown Court in October last year.
He admitted dangerous driving and driving whilst uninsured.
He challenged his sentence at London’s Criminal Appeal Court, with his lawyers arguing both his jail term and driving ban were ‘far too tough’.
But his complaints were thrown out by three senior judges, who said the offending was so bad it ‘justified’ the sentence.
The court heard Nelson overtook a police car at speed at 5am on September 13 last year.
He was pursued and the police helicopter was deployed, as Nelson led officers on a 30-mile chase - which only ended when he was blocked in by patrol cars.
He hit speeds of up to 100mph in 30mph zones, jumped red lights and give-way junctions at 70mph and, at one point, narrowly missed a cyclist.
He was eventually blocked in on Hullen Edge Road, Elland, and tried to run away but fell over and was caught.
His girlfriend was with him in the car at the time and was left shaken by the incident.
The offences were committed just five weeks after he was handed a community order for handling a stolen motorbike.
His lawyers argued his jail term and his ban were over the top.
But, dismissing his appeal, Judge David Stockdale QC said the sentence was ‘entirely appropriate’ given the serious nature of the incident.
Sitting with Lord Justice Lindblom and Mr Justice Andrew Smith, he added: “This was a case of truly appalling driving, aptly described by the crown court judge as being ‘as bad as it gets’.
“The aggravating features included the high speeds and long duration of the pursuit, the fact of the pursuit itself, the recent community order and the absence of insurance.
“In our judgment, the sentence of 14 months was neither manifestly excessive nor wrong in principle.”