A DRIVER who led police on a high-speed motorway pursuit in ‘one of the worst cases of dangerous driving Derbyshire has ever seen’ has been locked up for 16 months.
Mark Jones, aged 28, failed to stop when he was requested to pull over by South Yorkshire Police officers.
He sped off down the hard shoulder of the M1.
Police officers from Derbyshire were alerted as he crossed the county boundary and they chased his Vauxhall Insignia down the M1.
He drove on the hard shoulder, narrowly missing several cars and lorries.
At one point, he drove the wrong way down the carriageway.
He then drove along the A38 to Ripley, weaving in and out of traffic at speed, before officers detained him on the A38, near junction 28 of the M1.
Before he was apprehended at 1.19pm on March 18, Jones collided with several cars, rammed police vehicles and drove at up to 120mph, Derby Crown Court was told.
Derbyshire Police filmed the dramatic chase from their force helicopter.
PC Mark Hallam, of the Roads Policing Unit, said: “This was probably one of the worst cases of dangerous driving Derbyshire has ever seen.
“He rammed several police cars, did a U-turn on the motorway and drove at ridiculous speeds on the hard shoulder.
“It was a joint effort to stop him in a pursuit that lasted more than 40 minutes.”
Jones, of Shapinsay Drive, Rednal, Birmingham, admitted dangerous driving and was jailed and banned from driving for five years.
He received no separate penalty for driving without insurance and driving otherwise than in accordance with his licence.