A DRIVER was bitten during a struggle with a police dog after he fled from the wreckage of his van after a high-speed chase.
James Keane lost control of his vehicle after he refused to stop for police who pursued him through the Weetwood area of Leeds.
The incident happened in the early hours of July 6 this year after police signalled for him to pull over when he was driving along the Ring Road.
Keane, 25, who had two passengers in his van, sped off along Tongue Lane and made no attempt to stop.
He reached speeds of around 70mph in 30mph zones on Parkside Road and went through a red light at the junction of Stonegate Road. Keane then lost control of the vehicle on Stainbeck Road.
It landed on its side after colliding with railings and road signs. Keane and the other men managed to climb out and ran off. A police dog later found Keane hiding in a bush near to Carr Manor Road. He was arrested after a struggle with the animal and suffered injuries to his upper arm.
Kathryn Stuckey, prosecuting, said Keane smelt strongly of alcohol, had white power around his nostrils and was unsteady on his feet when he was taken to a police station.
He refused to provide a blood sample for analysis. Keane, of Trentham Street, Beeston, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving and failing to stop.
Shila Whitehead, mitigating, said Keane pleaded guilty to the offences at an early opportunity and was sorry for what he had done. She said he had been left with permanent scars from the incident. Jailing him for eight months, Judge Geoffrey Marson, QC, said: “These were grossly excessive speeds in a residential area. It is no surprise that you lost control of the vehicle.”
He added: “It is a miracle that nobody was more seriously injured.”