Teen led police on high speed chase around Sheffield

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A teenager without a driving licence was given his ‘last chance’ by a judge after he led police on a high speed police car chase around the streets of Sheffield.

Police officers spotted Joshua Kirby, aged 18, speeding along Birley Moor Road and followed him for two miles with their blue lights flashing.

Kirby, who was driving a Vauxhall car, reached speeds of up to 60mph in a 30mph zone, went through red lights at the bottom of Occupation Lane and failed to give way on the roundabout outside Moss Way police station.

He travelled back along Donetsk Way then ended up in Beighton where officers found the car with damage to its front on Victoria Road.

Kirby was arrested and police discovered the car was registered in his girlfriend’s name.

He admitted driving on the wrong side of the road and clipping another car near to the police station when he lost control.

“He said the police were chasing him too closely and he would have stopped but for them chasing him,” said Michael Tooley, prosecuting.

“He said he felt bad about it.”

Kirby, of Ringwood Grove, Beighton, admitted dangerous driving, failing to stop when asked by the police, failing to report an accident and having no driving licence or insurance.

Sheffield Crown Court heard he had a lengthy criminal record dating back to when he was 12.

He has been convicted of 22 offences.

The court heard at the time of the car chase, he was subject to a youth rehabilitation order imposed after he was convicted of a burglary in July.

Rebecca Tanner, defending him, said Kirby had dabbled in drugs in the past and had gone to collect some money from a friend when the chase started.

She said he had been given opportunities to work with the youth offending team in the past and if he was jailed he would lose his job.

“Plainly this was a bad piece of driving,” she said.

“He has still some way to go to reach maturity.”

Recorder Simon Hirst told Kirby he had a ‘singularly unimpressive’ criminal record.

He told him: “You drove fast in a built-up area to escape the police.”

But after reading probation reports he said Kirby had been doing well on probation and that had persuaded him not to jail the teenager.

The judge told Kirby: “Do not think for another minute you will get another chance - you won’t.”

Kirby was given a ten-month jail term suspended for two years.

He will be supervised by the probation service and he must carry out 100 hours of unpaid community work.

He was also banned from driving for 12 months.