Young Leeds criminal jailed over high speed police chase through city

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A BANNED driver who drove the wrong way on a roundabout during a high-speed police chase has been jailed.

Kyle Venebles, 20, was sent to a young offenders institution for eight months after the court heard the prolific offender had a “pro-criminal attitude to life.”

Venebles took to the wheel of his friends Renault Clio after police stopped the vehicle in the Armley area of Leeds in the early hours on December 20 last year.

Carmel Pearson, prosecuting, said Venebles had initially been a passenger but officers saw him climb into the driver’s seat after they indicated for the car to stop.

Venebles drove at speeds of around 60mph - double the speed limit in heavily built-up area of the city.

The officers had to take evasive action before Venebles drove the wrong way on a roundabout.

The vehicle eventually came to a stop when a police car swerved across Veneble’s path and he mounted a pavement.

Venebles, of Claremont Terrace, Armley, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, driving without insurance and without a licence. The court heard Venebles has 30 convictions for 43 offences. He has served a custodial sentence as a youth for driving offences.

Anthony Sugare, mitigating, said Venebles pleaded guilty to the offences at an early opportunity and had been the subject to a curfew since.

Mr Sugare said his client was hoping to move to the Bradford area in a bid to avoid mixing with people who encouraged him to commit offences.

Jailing Venebles, Recorder Michael Wheeler said: “You are a young man who in the past has taken a pro-criminal attitude to life. You show negative attitudes towards the probation service and have no desire to work with them.

“Detention is wholly appropriate.”

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