A DRUGGED-up motorist who only offered to drive because his pal was over the limit ended up leading cops on a high-speed chase through the borough.
Harrison Kendall (20) caused hundreds of pounds worth of damage to other vehicles as he sped through junctions and red lights, Sheffield Crown Court heard.
Ms Charlotte Noddings, prosecuting, said police had been alerted by number plate recognition cameras that a Vauxhall Corsa was being driven on East Bawtry Road on fake plates.
Kendall had been driving the car during the morning rush hour last December and had a passenger with him.
Police began to chase and as Kendall approached Worrygoose roundabout, he tried to squeeze between two vehicles blocking his way.
He knocked the wing mirror off one — causing damage worth £1,341, Ms Noddings said.
Kendall drove at speeds of up to 65mph on East Bawtry Road, which has a 40mph limit, and, and when he got to Whiston crossroads, he tried to force his way through two stationary cars again.
The court heard how Kendall drove through a red light and, when officers tried to halt him by using a “stop stick”, he swerved to avoid it by driving onto the central reservation.
Ms Noddings said Kendall drove directly into the path of a lorry, forcing it to brake heavily.
He tried to escape officers by turning down a footpath but the pursuit ended when he crashed into a ditch.
Kendall was arrested nearby and taken into custody, where he tested positive for two by-products of cocaine.
Kendall, of Dovercourt Road, Sheffield, made a “full and frank” admission to officers about his conduct.
He pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to dangerous driving, two counts of drug-driving, driving without a licence and driving without insurance.
Mitigating, Mr Dale Harris said Kendall did not own the Corsa and had not intended on driving when he took drugs.
“His passenger felt he was not well enough, for alcohol reasons, to drive the vehicle,” said Mr Harris.
“It is ironic that this defendant took over and caused damage to other people’s vehicles by his dangerous driving.”
Recorder Craig Hassall said: “You appreciate just how dangerous the driving was.
“You could easily have lost your own life and taken the life of your own passenger, a person who you had been driving for because he was not fit to drive himself.”
Mr Hassall said he was concerned that if he sent Kendall directly to prison he would lose his job and he would go in the wrong direction.
Mr Hassall sentenced Kendall to 12 months in prison, suspended for 18 months.
He banned him from driving for two years and ordered him to complete 100 hours of unpaid work.
He also ordered Kendall to complete up to 25 days of rehabilitation activity requirement and pay £100 costs.