Woman put lives in danger in stolen BMW chase through Leeds

Leeds Court
Leeds Court

A WOMAN put lives in danger when she tried to outrun police in a stolen BMW during a pursuit through Leeds.

Drivers had to swerve to avoid a collision as Rebecca Roberts went through red lights and drove on the wrong side of the road.

Leeds Crown Court heard officers spotted Roberts, 29, driving the car in the Kirkstall area of the city on April 24 this year. A male passenger was in the vehicle with her.

Andrew Horton, prosecuting, said it had been stolen five days earlier.

Officers indicated for Roberts to pull over but she drove off at speed . She drove through the Bramley area along Broadlea Road and Broad Lane on the wrong side of the road.

Mr Horton said: “A collision would have been inevitable if anyone had been travelling in the opposite direction.”

Roberts went through a red light near to Wyther Lane. Police managed to block the car in the road. The passenger got out of the vehicle and ran off.

Roberts stayed in the driver’s seat and was arrested. Roberts, of Woodbridge Close, Leeds, was interviewed by officers and said she believed the car belonged to the passenger.

She failed to turn up to court on the day she was due to appear before magistrates in relation to the incident.

Roberts pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, having no licence, no insurance and failing to surrender.

Ian Cook, mitigating, said: “She recognises that it was fortune, rather than design, that she did not kill herself or others.

“It appears to be a couple of minutes of appalling decision making.”

Roberts was given an eight month prison sentence, suspended for eight months, and ordered to take part in a 30-day rehabilitation programme.