Driver crashed into police car during chase in Leeds

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A DRIVER who smashed into a police car as he tried to outrun officers during a high speed chase has been locked up.

Niecko Liburd, 20, was sent to a young offenders institution for 12 months over the incident in the Harehills area of Leeds.

Leeds Crown Court heard police were monitoring traffic on Harehills Lane shortly after midday on August 10 this year when they spotted Liburd driving at speed. Officers signalled for him to stop but he sped off at more than double the 30mph limit.

During the pursuit Liburd drove the wrong way down a one-way street and across a traffic island. At one point he lost control of the vehicle and collided with a parked car.

Liburd managed to regain control of the vehicle and drove through residential areas, at one stage mounting the pavement.

Officers then tried to “box in” Liburd with the help of colleagues who had been called to help in the pursuit.

Kathryn Stuckey, prosecuting, said Liburd collided with one of the police vehicles so hard that both cars were immobilised.

Liburd ran from the car but was caught a short time later after an officer was helped by a passing motorist to follow him.

Liburd, of Fillingfir Drive, West Park, Leeds, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, having no insurance and having no licence.

Michael Devlin, mitigating, said Liburd immediately apologised to the police officer for his stupidity and for the damage caused. He added that Liburd had pleaded guilty to the offences at the earliest opportunity.

Recorder Richard Woolfall said: “You had a complete disregard for the danger you were posing to others. One shudders to think if a child had stepped out into the road. You would have had no chance to stop.”