A DRIVER injured motorists when he caused two crashes while almost three times the drink drive limit in rush hour traffic.
Christopher Dixon drove on the wrong side of the road and ignored red lights before causing two collisions in Beeston on the morning of February 4 this year.
Witnesses described how they thought Dixon was going to kill someone because his driving was so erratic.
David Godfrey, prosecuting, said Dixon was driving a stolen people carrier around 8.10am when he struck a Ford Fiesta being driven by a woman on Cemetery Lane. The Fiesta hit a kerb before crashing into concrete bollards and railings. The woman suffered whiplash injuries.
He then struck a Vauxhall Astra on the same stretch of road.
Dixon, 35, fled the wreckage of his own vehicle but was arrested by police a short time later. Seven small bags of cocaine were also found in his sock.
Dixon, of Belvedere Mount, Beeston, was subject to a suspended prison for growing cannabis at the time of the incident.
He was released on bail but was arrested again after being caught behind the wheel of a stolen Ford Mondeo on June 13.
Dixon tried to drive away from police but was arrested after losing control of the vehicle when he drove on a roundabout at 75mph.
He pleaded guilty to two offences of dangerous driving, aggravated vehicle taking, handling stolen goods, driving while disqualified and possession of a class A drug. He was jailed for three years and three months.
Ian Cook, mitigating, said Dixon committed the offences at a time when he had been drinking and taking cocaine as he struggled to cope with family problems. Judge Tom Bayliss, QC, said: “It must have been a terrible experience for the occupants of those vehicles.”