Banned Leeds driver hid in West Yorkshire Playhouse toilets after dangerous police pursuit

The man was caught on CCTV
The man was caught on CCTV

A BANNED driver was found hiding in the toilets of West Yorkshire Playhouse when he fled his car after a dangerous police chase.

Jordan Bennett was jailed for six months after a court heard how he almost knocked down a pedestrian as he weaved in and out of rush hour traffic during the police pursuit close to Leeds city centre.

Leeds Crown Court heard police signalled for Bennett to pull over when they saw him driving along Torre Road at 5.30pm on February 29 this year.

Joe Culley, prosecuting, said Bennett initially stopped but then sped off towards York Road.

He drove in a bus lane before joining heavy traffic.

Bennett continued to weave in and out of the traffic before turning into residential streets where he reached speeds of up to 65mph.

A pedestrian had to jump out of his path at one point during the pursuit.

Bennett’s car collided with another vehicle on Rider Street, Burmantofts.

He ran from the car after his path was blocked and was chased by officers.

Mr Culley said officers found Bennett hiding in the ladies toilets of West Yorkshire Playhouse.

Bennett was interviewed and admitted to officers that he had bought the vehicle on Facebook just five days earlier and knew he was not insured.

He was banned from driving at the time of the incident because he had committed other motoring offences.

Bennett, of Kelmscott Lane, Cross Gates, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving and driving while disqualified.

Andrew Espley, mitigating, said the incident happened at a time when Bennett had suffered a family bereavement.

Judge Guy Kearl, QC, told Bennett: “Your position is aggravated by the fact that you bought this car when banned from driving.”

Bennett was also banned for a further 18 months.