Banned driver in Leeds van chase crash

Leeds Court
Leeds Court

A BANNED driver who crashed into a car during a 70mph police chase on 30mph roads has been sent to prison.

Michael Sanderson left a mum badly shocked and suffering from minor injuries as he tried to undertake her during the police pursuit along Belle Isle Road, Leeds.

The incident, on May 29 this year, took place just two months after Sanderson had been given a driving ban by magistrates for driving without insurance.

He was also subject to a suspended prison sentence for fraud.

Leeds Crown Court heard police followed Sanderson as he drove his van off the M621 motorway in Beeston at around 11.30pm. Officers put on the siren and blue lights when he went through a red light.

Sanderson continued to drive at speeds of 70mph in 30mph areas.

He tried to undertake an Audi on Belle Isle Road but collided with the side of the vehicle.

He then mounted a grassed central reservation in a bid to get away.

Officers managed to pull their vehicle in front of him, forcing him to stop. Sanderson, of Tong Road, Farnley, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, driving while disqualified and having no insurance.

Ian Cook, mitigating, said Sanderson was sorry for what he had done and accepted that he would be facing an immediate prison sentence. He was jailed for 62 weeks. He was also banned from driving for three years.

Judge Robin Mairs said: “It was driving that quite amply demonstrated that you did not care if you caused injury or worse to other road users.

“It was only by luck that the injuries she received were not much, much more substantial.

“It has left her with understandable shock and considerable financial loss.”