Driver in police chase ‘oblivious to dangers’

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A DISQUALIFIED driver trying to flee from police after a high speed pursuit broke his arm when he abandoned his vehicle and jumped a wall trying to escape, a court heard.

Officers saw John Bell on May 24 last year driving in Green Lane, Cookridge, Leeds and decided to stop him because he was not wearing a seat belt.

But he accelerated away past a primary school and they lost sight of him when he disappeared over the brow of a hill.

Richard Smith prosecuting told Leeds Crown Court yesterday the officers reached 70mph trying to catch up with him and at the junction with Otley Old Road were directed towards Bramhope by a member of the public.

They could see the car ahead which overtook two other cars on a bend reaching 80mph in a 60mph zone before entering Bramhope.

The vehicle then turned left suddenly on to Old Lane before entering a cul-de-sac with Bell jumping out of the driver’s seat as it was still moving.

He ran through a garden, over a metal fence and a five foot wall leading to a footpath in his desperation to escape but fell and when he was caught by the officers he had a head wound and a broken arm.

Bell, 38 of Popplewood Gardens, Greengates, Bradford, was jailed for 12 months and disqualified for three years after admitting dangerous driving, driving while disqualified and without insurance.

Judge Kerry Macgill told him: “People like you just don’t realise how much danger you create.”