A banned driver came close to causing a serious collision as he tried to outrun police, a court heard.
Nytias Jeffers caused other motorists to take evasive action and make emergency stops as he swerved around a double decker bus into the path of oncoming traffic during the pursuit in Leeds.
Jeffers, 24, was banned from driving at the time of the incident, on November 19, when he was spotted driving over the 30mph speed limit through Headingley with his girlfriend in the passenger seat.
Police officers began following him after he was seen going through a red light at the junction of Queenswood Drive and Kirkstall Lane.
Police signalled for him to stop and he pulled over but sped off again when one officer approached his vehicle.
Jeffers sped off for a second time after pulling over and then drove into the opposite lane as he went to overtake the bus.
Jeffers, of Easterley Mount, Gipton, also had to make an emergency stop and then ran off from the vehicle. Jeffers handed the car keys to his girlfriend but was stopped by officers.
After being arrested he told police he had panicked as he knew he would be in trouble for being uninsured. He said: “I could have caused an accident.”
He pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, having no licence and no insurance. The court heard he has previously served a prison sentence for drugs offences.
Kara Frith, mitigating, said Jeffers accepted full responsibility for his actions. She said: “It was a dangerous manoeuvre and the consequences could have been much worse.”
Jeffers was given a 12 month community order and told to do 150 hours’ unpaid work. He was also disqualified from driving for three years.
Judge Tom Bayliss, QC, said: “This was a bad piece of driving.”