A banned driver who crashed into a parked car and clocked 60mph in residential streets has walked free from court.
Motor menace Danny Shale, who has four past convictions for driving while disqualified and one for dangerous driving, took police on a three-mile chase through Sunderland.
Newcastle Crown Court heard that the 29-year-old dad, who had a female passenger in his Ford Transit van, travelled on the wrong side of the road, hit a stationary car and the lost control of his own vehicle during the five-minute long pursuit.
Still believing he could evade arrest, Shale then tried to flee on foot but was soon tracked down nearby.
Shale, of Canon Cockin Street, of Hendon, in Sunderland, pleaded guilty to one count each of dangerous driving, driving while disqualified and driving with no insurance but has avoided a stint behind bars after it emerged he’d served the equivalent of a 10-month prison sentence by being on a curfew while his case went through the courts.
Giving him a 10-week community order, with a further 10-week curfew, Mr Recorder Wheeler said: “You have been on a curfew for 460 days – I don’t think I have come across a defendant who has been on a curfew for quite so long.
“I’m told you have not breached it at all.
“You have banked 230 days of actual prison time, which is seven to eight months or so as a result of being on curfew.”
Mr Recorder Wheeler added: “Unless I could start my sentencing exercise with a prison sentence longer than 12 months, the reality is you have pretty well done all of what I could give you.
“This is not the worst case of dangerous driving I have come across. The aggravating features are your record.”
The court heard that it was around midnight on May 27 2020 that Shale came to the attention of a police officer while driving his Ford Transit van on Queen Alexandra Road, in Sunderland.
The sergeant noticed that Shale tried to hide his face as he drove passed, so began to follow him.
Prosecutor, Neil Jones, said: “The officer described the driving as “poor control” and the van swerved, at one stage, into a stationary vehicle parked on Queen Alexandra Road, causing damage to that Renault vehicle.”
The court heard that the sergeant activated his blue lights for Shale to pull over but he took off, reaching speeds of 60mph in a 30 zone.
Mr Jones continued: “The van continued at high speed, swerving onto the wrong side of the road to drive around a corner onto Commercial Road.
“He continued to drive at about 50mph in a 30 zone.
“As a result, the driver of the van lost control.”
The court heard Shale came to a stop and tried to flee on foot but was tracked down and arrested on the street he lived on.
Andrew Walker, defending, said Shale, who has 37 offences on his record, was now considered a low risk to the public after engaging with his GP and getting himself on a waiting list of counselling.
Mr Walker added: “He’s stopped using all illegal substances and his alcohol use is low.”
As well as the community order, Shale was banned from the roads for a further two years.