A DRIVER rammed a police car during a three-mile high speed chase after he fled from a supermarket car park while drunk.
Colin Haddock also overtook other cars at high speed on blind bends on busy sections of road during the pursuit through Guiseley in Leeds.
Leeds Crown Court heard police officers became concerned after they saw Haddock at the Morrison’s supermarket in Guiseley and he appeared to be under the influence of alcohol.
Haddock then got into his Audi A4 and drove off.
Officers began to follow Haddock and he sped off. Imran Khan, prosecuting, said Haddock drove on the wrong side of the road as he overtook other vehicles on blind bends along the A650. Mr Khan said officers struggled to keep up with Haddock and lost him briefly as he was travelling so fast. Officers pulled their vehicle in front of Haddock’s Audi at one stage but he collided with them and continued to drive.
The court heard Haddock’s car became so badly damaged he was unable to continue. He abandoned the vehicle and ran off into some woods nearby.
A description of him was circulated by officers and he was arrested a short time later. Haddock, of Woodlea Grove, Yeadon, initially denied being the driver of the vehicle.
He later pleaded guilty to dangerous driving.
Shufquat Khan, mitigating, said Haddock was of previous good character but his life had been on a “downward spiral” for the past four years after he suffered an injury and was no longer able to work.
Mr Khan said that Haddock’s marriage had broken down and he had continued to experience problems.
Judge Neil Clark gave Haddock an eight months prison sentence, suspended for two years.
He was also ordered to do 150 hours unpaid work and was disqualified from driving for two years.
The judge said: “Your life has gone through something of a downward spiral since you were injured and your marriage broke up.
“This culminated with you driving on October 25 last year in a chaotic way that places your life and others at risk.
“Why, after living such a perfectly decent life, you should act so stupidly and place your reputation in jeopardy is beyond me.”