Desperate drink driver Ryan Cowley climbed from the driver’s seat into the back of his moving car in a doomed try to persuade police of his innocence.
Cowley was virtually thrice the drink-drive restrict and had already gone by way of crimson lights and virtually hit different automobiles throughout a high-speed police chase.
Having failed to outrun officers, he determined to get into the back seat whereas the Ford Focus was in movement, in order to pull the wool over officers’ eyes.
Newcastle Crown Court heard the car saved rolling alongside Crown Road, in Sunderland, till the entrance seat passenger utilized the handbrake.
Cowley, 30, informed police on the scene he “wasn’t the driver” however later pleaded responsible to harmful driving and driving with extra alcohol.
Prosecutor Claire Anderson informed the courtroom Cowley had gone into the Tesco retailer at Roker Retail Park, in Sunderland, and stolen bottles of gin and whiskey on March 14 final yr.
The courtroom heard a employee on the retailer noticed him drive away and reported to the police he appeared drunk.
Officers rapidly discovered Cowley’s car, illuminated lights and sirens, then adopted him as he drove dangerously by way of Kier Hardy Way, over the Queen Alexandra Bridge and onto the A1231 and residential areas.
Miss Anderson mentioned: “The car drove onto Crown Road and the defendant was seen to bounce from the driver’s seat into the offside rear passenger seat.
“The Focus continued to roll ahead with no-one in management of the car.”
Cowley, of Plantation Road, Sunderland, admitted theft in addition to the driving offences.
Judge Robert Spragg sentenced him to 9 months imprisonment, suspended for 12 months, with rehabilitation necessities and 100 hours of unpaid work. He was additionally banned from driving for 30 months.
Judge Spragg informed him: “You went by way of crimson lights, pressured your method by way of visitors, failed to cease, went by way of one other crimson gentle, narrowly lacking one other car.
“You drove at 50mph in a 30mph space.
“Before stopping, you jumped in the back because the car continued to roll ahead and the passenger had to apply the handbrake.”
Vic Laffey, mitigating, mentioned: “Thankfully there was no harm or harm triggered.
“It was a reasonably short-lived incident.”
Mr Laffey mentioned Cowley has household tasks, is succesful of staying out of bother for lengthy intervals and is in employment.