A DRUG-driver who led officers on a high-speed chase described as “dangerous in the extreme” before crashing outside a police station has been jailed.
Corey Gerrard sped off because he had 29g of cannabis in his car and wanted to avoid being arrested.
He reached speeds of 90mph as he tried to shake pursuing officers while racing from Balby in Doncaster to Maltby.
Gerrard failed to stop even after he caused two other drivers to crash, Sheffield Crown Court heard.
Prosecutor Mr Neil Coxon said the first-time offender led officers on a six-mile chase in his silver Volkswagen Passat on May 22 last year.
An unmarked police car began chasing Gerrard, of Howard Road, Maltby, on Broomhouse Lane in Balby as he was heading towards Edlington.
The officers had picked his car up for having no insurance but, instead of pulling over, Gerrard sped off.
Footage shown in court showed Gerrard driving at more than 70mph through 30mph zones and overtaking dangerously.
He also drove at 90mph through a 40mph zone on Braithwell Road before passing Maltby Academy.
Gerrard ran a red light and crashed into another car which was being driven by Megan Murphy.
Ms Murphy said in a statement that she suffered neck and shoulder pain and had been “frightened” after the crash.
Gerrard’s tyres were deflated after hitting a stinger deployed by the police.
Mr Coxon said: “The defendant comes from the correct carriageway to the wrong carriageway and collides with a sign. This happens within the vicinity of Maltby Police Station.”
Gerrard tried to flee on foot but was found by a police drone. He told officers during his interview that the reason he did not stop was because he had the cannabis.
Gerrard (20) pleaded guilty at Sheffield Magistrates’ Court on December 5 to dangerous driving, two offences of drug-driving, driving without insurance, driving while unfit through drugs, possession of cannabis, failing to stop after an accident and failing to stop for a constable.
Mr Matthew Burdon, mitigating, said: “It’s an appalling piece of driving and I make the concession, on behalf of Mr Gerrard, that this passes the custody threshold.”
Judge Peter Kelson jailed Gerrard for six months and banned him from driving for three years and six months.
He said it was a “very serious example of dangerous driving” — adding: “Anybody watching couldn’t help but seriously wince at some of your overtaking manoeuvres at high speed on a busy road.
“They were dangerous in the extreme.”
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