A motorist ploughed into a pub wall and then struck three other vehicles as he attempted to get away from police, a court heard this month.
Craig Anderson, 29, has been handed a 14 month prison sentence after admitting dangerous driving
Leeds Crown Court was told that an eyewitness had dialled 999 after seeing the car crash into the wall in West Leeds on June 11th this year.
Officers soon arrived at the scene, but Anderson made a desperate attempt to escape, speeding off in the wrong direction along Bradford Road.
He collided with three vehicles in his haste to get away and officers lost sight of him on Swinnow Road.
However, another passer-by saw him abandon the vehicle and run away on foot and police were able to detain Anderson a short distance away.
He had tried to headbutt officers as he was arrested and was taken to hospital after telling the police that he had swallowed some Ibuprofen tablets.
Court heard that Anderson, of Moorland Road, Pudsey, had previous convictions for drink-driving and driving while disqualified.
In his defence, the bench was told that he had rowed with his girlfriend earlier the same day and had been on his way to apologise at the time of the police chase.
Recorder Mark McKone said he had no choice but to impose a custodial sentence because of the seriousness of the offence, which had put other drivers and pedestrians at risk.
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