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Driver jailed after speeding through residential area of Leeds

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A motorist who endangered young children by attempting to escape police in a residential area has been jailed.

Jordan Rothera had been spotted by police driving down North Parkway, Leeds, on April 16th this year.

One of the officers was aware that the 21-year-old had already been handed a ban for dangerous driving and police had signalled for him to pull over.

However, Rothera had refused to stop and instead went the wrong way around a mini roundabout before speeding off down Southway Lane – exceeding the speed limit.

Officers, concerned about the safety of children who were playing by the side of the road, had given up the pursuit and the defendant drove onto a grassed area before abandoning the vehicle.

However, his fingerprints were found on the gear stick and he was subsequently arrested.

At Leeds Crown Court, Rothera had pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, driving while disqualified and failing to stop.

Judge Clark told Rothera that a community order would not be sufficient, given that he had committed the offence in a busy neighbourhood and broken the terms of a ban imposed in February last year.

“This was a built up area and you were clearly driving dangerously. The risk of that is fairly obvious.

“I can’t suspend a sentence for someone who breaches court orders like this.”

The defendant received a seven month prison sentence.

At Lester Morrill our experienced road traffic team can provide specialist advice and representation, with the aim of defending and preserving your licence wherever possible or, if the matter is more serious, your liberty. For more information on how we can help, contact us today.