A learner driver who ‘lost his head’ and fled in his car from police with no licence or insurance has avoided a jail sentence.
Sheffield Crown Court heard how Akam Hassan, aged 22, of Pitt Street, Barnsley town centre, was stopped by police at 2am on May 30.
Stephanie Hollis, prosecuting, said Hassan – who was due to take his test next week – had gone to pick up the car from a buyer in Sheffield when he was asked to pull over on Eyre Street as he attempted to drive home.
But as Hassan indicated to pull over, he sped off through the city centre at 60mph and a high-speed chase ensued.
Ms Hollis said: “The driver went through three sets of red lights and did not slow down to stop as he went through Furnival Gate and onto Arundel Gate.
“The chase was only ended at Park Hill roundabout when the defendant span 180 degrees on the carriageway, nearly crashing into another car.”
Hassan, defending himself said: “I lost my head, I panicked and drove off.
“I was scared, I only got the car because the man who was selling it me said he would sell to someone else if I didn’t pick it up that night.”
Mr Recorder Miller gave Hassan a 12-month driving ban, 200 hours unpaid work, six points on his licence and £540 in costs.