A PROLIFIC burglar broke into a house and stole keys to a car which was then involved in a dramatic police chase.
Benjamin Holladay was jailed for three years and nine months yesterday over the incident which happened in Beeston, Leeds.
Leeds Crown Court heard Holladay, 30, broke into the house on Woodlea Mount Beeston on January 2 this year.
He stole Christmas presents and the keys to a Ford Focus which was parked outside.
He drove off in the vehicle but was seen by officers nearby after the home owners alerted police.
Holladay then sped off, reaching speeds of around 50mph in busy residential streets. He also drove on pedestrianised areas and down a flight of steps before taking the vehicle across a field.
The police helicopter was also brought into the pursuit. Holladay, of Wesley Croft, Beeston, abandoned the vehicle and ran off but officers found him hiding in a wheelie bin. He was also found with a small amount of cannabis.
The court heard Holladay was also responsible for the theft of three denim jackets, worth around £300 at Debenhams in the White Rose Centre on Christmas Eve. Security staff tried to catch him but he managed to escape after a struggle. After being arrested he admitted travelling in the stolen car but denied being the driver. He pleaded guilty to burglary, dangerous driving, theft and possession of cannabis. The court heard Holladay has appeared before the courts on 28 occasions for 79 offences. Sajid Majid, for Holladay, said his client had pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity and co-operated with police. Jailing him the Recorder of Leeds, judge Peter Collier, QC, said: “You have a long history of addiction to drugs and you have funded that by offences of dishonesty.”