Leeds driver hit five cars in police pursuit

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A drunk driver smashed into five cars during a police chase through the streets of Leeds, a court heard.

Wayne Dunne was more than twice the drink drive limit at the time of the incident in the Harehills area of the city.

Leeds Crown Court heard Dunne, 46, was driving along Hudson Road at 11.40pm on September 13 this year when police signalled for him to stop.

The court heard the Vauxhall Vivaro he was in belonged to his former partner and he did not have permission to being driving it.

Dunne then sped off through residential streets including Sutherland Road, Clifton Terrace and Clifton Grove.

Richard Butters, prosecuting, said Dunne drove across junctions and sharp bends without stopping or slowing down during the ten-minute pursuit.

He also drove on the wrong side of the carriageway on a number of occasions.

Mr Butters said: “If there had been any vehicles travelling along those roads or junctions then, of course, collisions would have been inevitable.”

Dunne collided with a parked car when he turned into Clifton Grove. Dunne’s vehicle then cannoned across the road and struck another parked car.

Despite the damage caused Dunne managed to accelerate away before colliding with a third parked car.

The parked car then smashed into two others. Dunne was arrested at the scene. Mr Butters said Dunne, of Strathmore View, Harehills, made “full and frank” admissions about his involvement in the offence.

He pleaded guilty to drink driving, driving while disqualified, having no insurance, dangerous driving and failing to stop.

The court heard Dunne has a “disgraceful record” for driving offences. He has four previous drink driving convictions and three for driving while disqualified.

Sean Smith, mitigating, said Dunne committed the offence as he was struggling to cope after his life had been beset by personal tragedy.

In the past six months he had suffered three bereavements, including the loss of his son. Mr Smith accepted Dunne had a poor record for driving offences but had been out of trouble for six years and until his latest offence.

Judge Christopher Batty gave Dunne a suspended prison sentence “as an act of mercy.”

He said: “It is most significant as to what has happened to you in the last couple of months, particularly with your son. I cannot even compute how you must feel about that.”

Dunne was given a 16-month sentence, suspended for 18 months. He was also banned from driving for three years and ordered to attend a nine-month alcohol treatment programme.

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