Police chase driver found hiding in child's bedroom at house in Leeds after being filmed from helicopter

A dangerous driver was caught after police helicopter officers filmed him from the air as he he abandoned his car and ran into his home.

Tuesday, 10th March 2020, 6:00 am

Danny Bloom was found hiding behind the door in a child's bedroom when officers searched the property in Seacroft, Leeds.

The incident happened on April 25 last year after Bloom refused to stop for officers when he was seen driving a Volkswagen Golf fitted with cloned number plates in Horsforth.

The 27-year-old accelerated along the Ring Road to the roundabout with Low Lane.

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Leeds Crown Court

He reached 90mph as he drove onto the wrong side of the carriageway and caused other drivers to take evasive action.

Leeds Crown Court heard Bloom's vehicle made contact with two cars on the Ring Road at Moortown.

Bloom then headed into Seacroft as the pursuit was filmed from the air after the West Yorkshire Police helicopter was deployed.

The defendant drove into a cul-de-sac on Ramshead Grove before getting out and running into his home.

Officers on the ground were directed to the house and found Bloom hiding in the bedroom.

He was arrested but refused to comment.

Bloom, of Ramshead Grove, Seacroft, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, driving with no insurance and driving while disqualified.

He has previous convictions for driving offences.

James Littlehales, mitigating, said it was the first time Bloom had been in trouble for ten years.

He said: "He had grown older, matured and sorted himself a business and had a family with three children and things were going well for him."

Mr Littlehales said the offending took place when he had got into financial trouble and had moved his family back to Seacroft.

He had also returned to misusing drugs at the time of the incident.

Mr Littlehales added: "He accepts that his driving was quite appalling."

Bloom was jailed for 15 months.

He was banned from driving for two years and seven-and-a-half months.