Watch moment Yorkshire driver crashes into nurse leaving Covid ward shift during 110mph chase - leaving her unable to work

A healthcare worker at Airedale Hospital in Keighley has been left unable to return to work after she was struck by a car during a police pursuit.

On December 3 Jacob Walsh, 23, of Halifax, was sentenced to 12 months in prison at Bradford Crown Court after being found guilty of dangerous driving and drug driving.

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During the first lockdown in April 2020, Walsh was driving a black BMW 118 when he failed to stop for a North Yorkshire Police patrol on the outskirts of Hellifield on the A65. Walsh headed towards Settle, driving the wrong way round a roundabout before heading back through Hellifield and into Gargrave at speeds of up to 110mph in a 30mph zone.

Jacob Walsh

He then drove towards Crosshills, going the wrong way round three more roundabouts, before driving the wrong way up the Aire Valley Trunk Road dual carriageway into oncoming traffic, then turning round in the middle of the carriageway and heading back towards Crosshills. As he approached Airedale Hospital, Walsh hit a healthcare worker’s vehicle, shunting it 15 metres and writing it off.

The NHS worker had just finished a nine-hour shift on a Covid-19 ward. She has not been able to work since due to the effects of the collision.

Walsh ran off on foot from the scene, before being caught by North Yorkshire Police officers and arrested.

On several occasions throughout the pursuit - which lasted for 20 minutes - Walsh nearly caused head-on collisions with other innocent members of the public, forcing motorists to take evasive action.

Officers found Walsh had put a set of registration plates on the BMW which belonged to a completely different vehicle and the BMW was uninsured.

Walsh, of Albert Drive, Halifax, was arrested and later charged with dangerous driving, drug driving, fraudulently using a registration mark, using a vehicle without insurance and driving without a licence.

PC Chris Howarth of North Yorkshire Police’s Operational Support Unit said: “This was a shocking case of dreadful driving. Walsh showed absolutely no regard for the safety of other road users that day. The consequences of his actions were bad enough - and if it were not for the fact that there were only a few vehicles on the road due to the tight lockdown restrictions at this time, the outcome could have been even worse.”