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Watch terrifying car chases where danger drivers put lives at risk trying to escape the police

Watch terrifying car chases where danger drivers put lives at risk trying to escape the police
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Speeding through residential streets, dodging police cars and putting lives at risk: these are the danger drivers officers were forced to chase down.

This week, we reported on the sentencing of “very stupid” disqualified driver Gavin McAnaney, who drove at up to 70mph in a residential 30mph zone on a Saturday tea-time as he tried to flee police in a nail-biting car chase.

The 22-year-old had refused to pull over when police tried to stop him in his Audi A3 in Sunderland.

Dash cam footage from the police car captures the chase while a CCTV camera in a house shows it end with him crashing into a garden wall.

The two-minute pursuit, on April 7 in the Barnes Park area of Sunderland, could have killed someone Recorder Keith Miller told Newcastle Crown Court.

McAnaney was sentenced to 16 months imprisonment, suspended for two years, with a two-year road ban and extended test requirement.

But he’s far from the only reckless road-runner who has led police on a terrifying pursuit through the streets of the North East.

Daniel Brooks

Daniel Brookes outside Bedlington Magistrates Court
Daniel Brookes outside Bedlington Magistrates Court
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On August 18, drunken Brooks assaulted his parents, took their car, and then led police on a dangerous chase through built up areas of Newbiggin-by-the-Sea.

Shocked locals looked on as Brooks drove “towards officers” in their Toyota Yaris.

Northumbria Police’s helicopter was launched before the chase came to a dramatic end when Brooks crashed his car into a wall.

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The 24-year-old, formerly of King George Road but now living at Oswald Road, both in Newbiggin-by-the-Sea, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, two counts of assault by beating, taking a motor vehicle without the owner’s consent, drink driving and driving without a licence or insurance.

His driving licence was immediately stripped from him at magistrates’ court in August, while he awaited sentence.

Martin Jobes

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One danger driver wrote off a police car by smashing it into the central reservation during a 40-minute high speed chase on the A19 and A1.

Jobes reached speeds of up to 120mph and drove on the wrong side of the carriageway into oncoming traffic as he desperately tried to get away from police.

Over ten terrifying miles, officers tried to slow Jobes’ Audi by pinning him in.

But he swerved into the police car at his side, causing it to smash into the barrier and leaving it a write off.

Martin Jobes, jailed for dangerous driving
Martin Jobes, jailed for dangerous driving
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A judge described the footage of the chase, which happened in March, as “pretty horrific viewing”.

Newcastle Crown Court heard as other officers continued the pursuit, a crow bar was thrown from Jobes’ car, and became embedded in the grille of another police vehicle, causing £1,400 of damage.

The then 47-year-old, of Howlett Hall Road, Scotswood, Newcastle, was jailed for 18 months and banned from driving.

Darren Lee

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In July, an A1 police chase ended with shocking scenes as a road menace’s car fishtailed, flipping onto its roof as its driver desperately tried to evade capture.

Lee had taken his girlfriend’s car without her consent after a drinking session during a family get together.

After she contacted police to report him, officers located him behind the wheel of the Vauxhall Tigra on the A1 near Gosforth Park.

But Lee would not stop, prompting police to deploy containment tactics in which they tried to box him in as he sped along at up to 85mph.

Darren Lee
Darren Lee
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He initially slipped away with a glancing blow to a police vehicle but then, after a heavier contact, the Tigra careered out of control, smashing into a barrier and flipping onto its roof.

Lee somehow avoided serious injury but was left trapped in the vehicle as it lay upside down on the dual carriageway.

In August, the 43-year-old was jailed at Newcastle Crown Court after he admitted dangerous driving, aggravated vehicle taking, having no insurance and driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence.

He was jailed for 12 months and banned from driving for four years.

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Cory Thompson

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With police on his tail and five passengers in his hatchback, teen road menace Thompson put lives at risk during a horror chase in March.

The 18-year-old led officers on a terrifying 19-minute pursuit around the areas of Cowgate, Newburn, Scotswood Road and near the A69 from behind the wheel of a Honda Civic.

Recorder Ben Nolan QC called Thompson’s behaviour “one of the worst cases of dangerous driving I’ve ever encountered”, which saw even saw a police helicopter following him from the sky.

Cory Thompson
Cory Thompson
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Driving on the wrong side of the road, speeding past red lights, he twice had minor collisions with police.

Thompson pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence, having no insurance and using a vehicle when the load or number of passengers was likely to cause danger, as well as burgling a neighbouring flat in the accommodation where he was living, on Simonside Terrace, Heaton, stealing a bag.

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He was jailed in August for a total of 12 months and banned from driving for three years.

Source: https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/watch-terrifying-car-chases-danger-15217139

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