Dangerous drug-driver jailed for 18 months after crashing car during police chase

Dangerous drug-driver jailed for 18 months after crashing car during police chase

By Roland Sebestyen | 24/05/2022

Dangerous drug-driver jailed for 18 months after crashing car during police chase

 

DANGEROUS drug-driver Shane McKeiver was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment after crashing his vehicle into a metal fence after a police chase where he drove at twice the limit.

McKeiver (38, pictured), of Central Drive, Rawmarsh, was arrested in November 2020 after the high-speed pursuit, which saw him driving at 64mph on 30mph Rawmarsh Hill.

Ms Amy Earnshaw, prosecuting, told Sheffield Crown Court on Monday that officers on patrol has signalled the Skoda Fabia being driven by McKeiver to stop after confirming it was not insured — but he had sped away.

The court heard he had shown no care for other traffic or pedestrians and had eventually crashed into a fence.

He tried to run off but was caught and arrested.

The unlicensed driver was found to be almost three times the limit for cocaine and four times the limit for benzoylecgonine, a by-product of cocaine.

Mr James Baird, mitigating for McKeiver, said it would be hard to imagine a “more traumatic life” than the one McKeiver has had. 

He said: “His main problem has been drugs for a very long time.”

Mr Baird said, McKeiver was now “in a much better place” and was capable of “coping”.

Judge Peter Kelson QC said the amount of drugs being found in McKeiver's system was “an offence itself”.

He added McKeiver, who had several previous convictions for driving offences, had sped away so he could avoid arrest and concluded a custodial sentence was “unavoidable”.

McKeiver was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment after admitting dangerous driving, drug driving, driving without insurance and driving without a licence.

He was also disqualified from driving for three years and eight months.