Driver jailed over crashes during Leeds police chase

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A DRIVER who crashed into a pub wall then struck three cars as he tried to escape police has been sent to prison.

Craig Anderson, 29, was jailed for 14 months after a court heard how he put other motorists’ lives at risk during the pursuit in west Leeds.

Leeds Crown Court heard a member of the public contacted police at 7pm on June 11 after seeing Anderson crash his car into a wall outside a pub.

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Officers arrived at the scene but Anderson sped off and drove in the wrong direction along Bradford Road.

Anderson then collided with two cars at the junction of Owlcotes Road but managed to drive off.

He collided with another vehicle at a junction on Stanningley Road as he continued to be pursued by police.

They lost sight of him on Swinnow Road but a member of the public had seen him abandon his vehicle and run off.

Officers stopped him a short distance away.

He was aggressive and tried to headbutt officers as they detained him.

Anderson was taken to hospital after telling police he had swallowed Ibuprofen tablets.

He was aggressive and abusive to medical staff who treated him.

Anderson, of Moorland Road, Pudsey, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving. The court heard Anderson has previous convictions for drink driving and driving while disqualified.

Narinder Rathour, mitigating, said Anderson panicked and drove off after seeing police as he feared he may be over the drink drive limit.

Earlier in the day he had rowed with his girlfriend and had drank heavily before falling asleep.

He was on his way to apologise to her when the incident too place.

Recorder Mark McKone told Anderson: “The courts have to pass an immediate prison sentence.

“This is just too serious to avoid that.”

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