A BURGLAR who broke into a house and stole keys to a car before taking it on a high-speed chase has been jailed for three years and eight months.
Michael Swanson broke into the house on Royds Lane, Rothwell, Leeds, on August 13 this year as the owners were away.
Swanson, 22, stole rare jewellery worth around £2,500 as well as electrical items and keys to an Audi parked outside the property.
During the break-in he knocked over a tin of paint which led to extensive damage being caused to carpets.
Swanson, of Temple Avenue, Rothwell, drove off in the Audi and was spotted a short time later by officers in a patrol car near to Rothwell sport;s centre.
He reached speeds of up to 90mph as he drove along Methley Lane, Holmsley Lane and Park Lane before abandoning the vehicle on Haigh Road.
The court heard the West Yorkshire Police helicopter was scambled during the incident.
Swanson was arrested and detained by an off duty police officer.
He refused to comment when interviewed but pleaded guilty to burglary, aggravated vehicle taking and driving while disqualified.
The court heard Swanson had five previous convictions for burglary - making him liable for a minimum three-year sentence.
Swanson had been released early from prison on licence at the time of the offence
James Littlehayles, mitigating, said Swanson’s offending was linked to his addiction to heroin and he had been working hard to address his problems.
Mr Littlehayles said Swanson was the partner of a four-year-old child and his partner was due to give birth in a few months.
Recorder Hilary Manley told Swanson: “You have a number of previous convictions for domestic burglary and that is an aggravating feature in this case.”