A DRINK-DRIVER already banned from the roads has been jailed by a judge after being chased by police around Burton town centre at speeds of up to 80mph.
Leon Davis fled in a rented Ford Fiesta because he was committing his sixteenth offence of driving while disqualified.
The pursuit started after officers saw the Fiesta reversing at speed in the pedestrianised area of the town centre, Stafford Crown Court heard.
Paul Farrow, prosecuting, said the Fiesta accelerated away on the wrong side of the road and the patrol vehicle had to drive at 80mph to catch up.
During the chase, there were people in the streets and two women had to run across the road to get out of the way.
It ended when the Fiesta drove into a dead end at Riverside Gardens, in Wetmore Lane.
Davis was told to get out and as he did he began to laugh.
He smelled of intoxicants and a breath test gave a reading of 48 microgrammes, the legal limit being 35.
When questioned, Davis said he thought his driving was ‘pretty good considering he was drunk’.
Davis, 31, of Cloudwood Close, Littleover, Derbyshire, was jailed for 14 months and banned from driving for a further three years after admitting dangerous driving, driving with excess alcohol, driving while disqualified and without insurance.
Judge Paul Glenn told him: “This is your 16th conviction for driving while disqualified.
“You new full well you were disqualified, you had no insurance and you had been drinking.
“What followed was a determined effort to avoid arrest at a time when the town centre was busy.
“Fortunately no-one was injured.”
Mr Farrow said that during the chase, which included New Street and Wetmore Road, the Fiesta hit a van belonging to Steve Sutton, causing up to £2,000 worth of damage.
Nicholas Cartwright, defending, said although Davis had a very bad record for driving while disqualified, this was his first offence for dangerous driving.