Prison for high-speed police car Leeds chase pair

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A couple who took a car on a high-speed police chase after stealing the keys to the vehicle from a flat in Leeds have been sent to prison.

A court heard Ellen Moore, 23, walked into the flat on St Michael’s Road, Headingley, and took the keys to a £20,000 Vauxhall Astra which were on a table in the hallway.

Michael Smith, prosecuting, told Leeds Crown Court several people were in the flat at the time of the incident, on September 27, and she was confronted when spotted.

Moore, who had been drinking and taking drugs, pretended to have walked into the property by mistake and left.

The owner of the Astra noticed his car missing around an hour later and contacted police.

Officers on patrol on Hunslet Road spotted the vehicle around 11.20pm and followed it. Moore’s partner, Bobby Taylor, 26, was driving the Astra and she was in the passenger seat.

Taylor refused to stop and instead sped off, reaching speeds off around 60mph in a 40mph zone.

Mr Smith said Taylor drove around central reservations on the wrong side of the road, causing oncoming traffic to swerve or brake to avoid a collision.

Officers lost sight of the vehicle near to Forster Street but it was found abandoned a short time later.

Moore and Taylor were arrested close by. Taylor’s fingerprint was found on the gear stick. Moore was later identified by people who had seen her at the flat.

Taylor, of Stanks Drive, Seacroft, pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicle taking, dangerous driving and no insurance. He was jailed for 16 months and disqualified from driving for two years.

Moore, of Oatland Towers, Little London, pleaded guilty to burglary. She was jailed for 14 months.

The court heard how the pair had long criminal records, mainly for offences of dishonesty. Moore has 45 previous convictions and Taylor has 92.

Lawyers for the pair described how their offending was linked to drug and alcohol abuse but that they were both motivated to change while in custody.

Jailing them, Recorder Abdul Iqbal, QC, said: “You positions are aggravated by the facts that both of you have extensive criminal records indeed.”