A dashing motorist led police on a chase as a result of he didn’t want his wife to know he was driving her van.
Uninsured Donald Wharrier, who additionally solely held a provisional licence, panicked when officers tried to pull him over as he travelled by means of Wallsend.
Instead of parking up, the 38-year-old refused to cease and sped off earlier than main them on a five-minute pursuit.
A court docket heard that the dad-of-two was seen to flout the pace restrict, ignore crimson lights and drive on the fallacious facet of the highway – all in icy circumstances and darkness.
Wharrier ultimately pulled up exterior his house tackle in Courtfield Road, Walkergate, Newcastle, and instantly advised officers he “should not be driving”.
He admitted he’d taken his wife’s van so as to decide up his son and panicked when police tried to cease him as he didn’t want her to know he had it.
Now, Wharrier, a self-employed joiner with no previous convictions, has been given a group order and banned from the roads after he pleaded responsible to one rely every of harmful driving, failing to cease for a police constable, driving with no insurance coverage and driving in any other case than in accordance with a licence.
Keith Laidlaw, prosecuting at North Tyneside Magistrates’ Court, mentioned police tried to pull over Wharrier after they noticed him travelling in extra of the 30mph restrict on Hadrian Road, in Wallsend, whereas behind the wheel of a VW Caddy.
He mentioned it was round 8.45pm on January 12 this 12 months.
“It was clear the car was failing to cease so the officers requested authority for a pursuit to proceed,” Mr Laidlaw continued.
“It was darkish and the roads had been, in locations, icy.
“The car was travelling nicely in extra of the 30 restrict. The pursuit lasted round 5 minutes.
“The car drove at excessive speeds in icy circumstances, travelling by means of crimson lights and taking corners on the fallacious facet of the highway with out slowing.
“Other autos had to take evasive motion.”
The court docket heard that Wharrier got here to a cease on his driveway and bought out to converse to the pursuing officers.
He instantly confessed that he should not be driving as he didn’t have a licence.
Adam Scott, defending, mentioned Wharrier was usually a hard-working household man and had acted “utterly out of character”.
He added: “This took place as a results of poor pondering at the moment and irrationality. His son, who had been out, contacted him as a result of he’d fallen out along with his girlfriend.
“The van is his wife’s. She ordinarily works within the marriage ceremony business. He foolishly determined to take his wife’s van to go and decide his son up.
“He by no means will get to his son as police blue gentle him. He’s terrified his wife goes to know he’s taken the van, so he drives again to his house tackle with the police officers following him.
“He cannot imagine he prioritised getting the van again on the drive so his wife didn’t know he had taken it slightly than cease for the police.”
Magistrates gave Wharrier an 18-month group order, with 175 hours of unpaid work, and banned him from driving for 12 months.
He was additionally ordered to pay £85 prices and a £95 sufferer surcharge.