A MAN made a false statement claiming to have been involved in a dangerous police chase in order to protect his friend, a court heard.
Philip Darley was given a suspended sentence after he lied about his involvement in the chase in which a police vehicle was rammed by a Land Rover.
Leeds Crown Court heard officers followed the vehicle after the driver refused to stop in the Morley area of the city.
The car drove at double the speed limit and at one point stopped and reversed into the police.
Officers had to abandon the pursuit when the Land Rover Discovery drove into a field and across farmland. Officers were unable to see who was driving the vehicle during the incident, in December 2012, but managed to get the registration number.
The vehicle’s owner was traced to a property in Morley and a notice of intended prosection was sent to the address.
John Bull, prosecuting, said the owner had a duty to state who was driving the vehicle at the time. Darley’s name and details were provided and officers went to his home on Walker Place, Churwell, to speak to him.
Darley then admitted that he had agreed to pretend he had been the driver in order to protect his friend.
Darley, 40, said his friend already had nine points on his licence and was facing a ban. He pleaded guilty to perverting justice.
Tony Kellbrick, mitigating, said Darley had owned up to the deception at an early stage and had co-operated with the investigation.
He was given a 12-month prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, and was ordered to take part in a nine-month drug rehabilitation order.
Judge James Spencer, QC, said: “You are 40 years old and had have a dreadful record for offences of dishonesty.”