A dangerous driver stole his brother-in-law’s car and led police on a high speed chase lasting an hour.
Ian Duncan helped himself to the VW Tiguan after staying the night at the home of his relative.
When police spotted him later that day and tried to pull him over, he put his foot down, accelerating up to 70mph in a 30 zone on a number of occasions.
Now Duncan, 33, of Grindleford Court, South Shields, has been jailed for 10 months for offences including aggravated vehicle taking, dangerous driving and possessing drugs.
Jessica Slaughter, prosecuting, said it was on the morning of Saturday March 16 that Duncan stole the car.
He was spotted in it by police around 5.30pm that day and when they tried to pull him over, he sped off.
He drove on the wrong side of the road, against the flow of traffic, had a minor collision with a police car, went through red lights and police aborted the pursuit as it was too dangerous.
The police helicopter then became involved and began following Duncan.
Just after 6pm, another PC spotted him leaving Ryhope and he did 70mph in a 30 zone and went through red lights.
He went over Wearmouth Bridge, drove through a no entry sign, went against the flow of traffic and again went on the wrong side of the carriageway.
Duncan then travelled through Cleadon and into South Tyneside, did 70mph in a 30 zone again, mounted pavements, travelled over grass and narrowly missed a woman standing on the path.
He went on the overtake a lorry on the wrong side of the road, coming close to colliding with oncoming vehicles.
Duncan then went onto the wrong side of John Reid Road and police had to abort the chase again.
At just after 6.30, he abandoned the car on Newcastle Road and ran off but…