A cocky car thief collared by police told them: “Pity it’s an automatic – if it was a manual I’d have been away.”
James Myers, aged 20, took the Renault Megane Scenic from a Doncaster driveway after stealing the car keys through a cat flap.
He drove at up to 60mph on roads with a 30mph limit and through a red light narrowly missing an oncoming vehicle.
When being assessed by probation officers he said: “I enjoy fighting. Society has too many rules. I believe this is all about survival of the fittest.”
Myers, of Smith Street, Balby, admitted burglary, dangerous driving and theft on June 1.
His lawyer Karen Tunnacliffe told Sheffield Crown Court: “He doesn’t think before he acts and can be cocky. He tends to make decisions quickly and then repents them.”
Bev Tait, prosecuting, said Myers was spotted driving the stolen car in the town centre at about 5mph when challenged by the police.
An officer failed to stop the Megane in a slow-speed collision and Myers sped off at 60mph.
The car went through a red light before Myers drove into a cul-de-sac off Bawtry Road and ran off.
Jobless Myers has a previous conviction for battery last January when he assaulted his mother during an argument and smashed a door.
Mrs Tunnacliffe said he was under the influence of drink and drugs when he committed the offences.
Myers received a 16-month jail term suspended for two years, was banned from driving for a year and will also be on a night curfew for three months.
He will have to attend a thinking skills programme and an anger management course.