Leeds driver jailed for putting children in danger

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A BANNED driver put young children in danger as he sped off through a busy residential area after police spotted him behind the wheel of a car.

Jordan Rothera, 21, was jailed for seven months after a court heard he drove dangerously through busy areas in the Seacroft area of Leeds, on April 16 this year.

Leeds Crown Court heard Rothera was spotted by police officer driving along North Parkway at 4.20pm.

One of the officers was aware he was subject to a driving ban at the time of the incident.

Rothera refused to stop and instead drove the wrong way around a mini roundabout on Brooklands Avenue before breaking the speed limit on Southway Lane.

Officers abandoned the pursuit as Rothera continued to drive dangerously despite children playing near to the road.

Rothera, of The Rein, Seacroft, drove the car off the road onto a grassed area before abandoning the vehicle.

It was discovered a short time later surrounded by a cloud of dust. His fingerprints were found on the gear stick.

Rothera was then arrested but refused to answer questions in interview.

He pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, driving while disqualified and failing to stop.

The court heard Rothera was jailed and banned from driving in February 2014 for dangerous driving.

Stephen Smithson, mitigating, said Rothera accepted he was likely to be sent to custody but he urged judge Neil Clark to consider imposing a community-based punishment.

Judge Clark told Rothera: “This was a built up area and you were clearly driving dangerously. The risk of that is fairly obvious.

“I can’t suspend a sentence for someone who breaches court orders like this.”