Banned driver led police on 90mph chase through busy Sheffield streets

Karl Bradley
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Banned driver Karl Bradley led police on a 90mph chase through Sheffield suburbs, a court heard.

Bradley, aged 46, drove along Greenhill Parkway and other roads at three times the 30 mph speed limit with officers pursuing.

He failed to stop, drove on the wrong side of the road and ended up on a grass verge, prosecutor Hannah Walker told Sheffield Crown Court.

He told the court a police officer bumped the front of his black VW Golf to stop it but Bradley drove off with smoke coming from the engine.

The pursuit ended when Bradley lost control and smashed into the electronic gates of a house near Dronfield causing £15,000 damage.

Bradley, of Fairview Road, Dronfield, admitted dangerous driving, driving while banned and having no insurance on February 20, 2015.

He has two previous convictions for dangerous driving and five for driving while disqualified.

Officers followed his car with three passengers after they were called to a suspected armed robbery in the Greenhill area, which had nothing to do with Bradley.

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They picked the car up on Lowedges Road at 8.05pm and asked for assistance as they activated their flashing lights and siren.

The Golf travelled at high speed along Gervase Road, the Parkway and Bradway Road before heading into Derbyshire.

Jim Baird, defending, told Sheffield Crown Court that Bradley had a ‘bad driving record’ but the last offences dated back six years.

“He was prevailed upon by others and panicked when he became aware the police car was behind him,” he said.

He acknowledged speeding but not at the speeds quoted by the prosecution and had been in custody four months since his belated arrest in April this year.

He was taking maths and English qualifications in prison and had a job as a cleaner on his wing.

“He has been living with his mother in Dronfield but on his release plans to move to live with an uncle in Sheffield,” said Mr Baird. “He is beginning to show signs of maturity.”

The judge Recorder Graeme Cook jailed Bradley for 17 months and banned him from driving again for two years and eight months. He will have to take an extended test to regain his licence.

He told the defendant: “You have an appalling driving record. They were busy streets and then you collided with a gate.”