A SOUTH Yorkshire man who drove a stolen car at more than 90 miles per hour in a 30mph zone during a high-speed police chase has been jailed for over two-and-a-half years.
Nathan Brittle, aged 25, of Milton Road, Eastwood, Rotherham, took a supermarket worker’s Vauxhall Corsa, and careered around narrow streets almost hitting pedestrians and other motorists.
Sheffield Crown Court heard the car was travelling so fast it ‘appeared to go airborne’ when Brittle shot over a level crossing at 90mph.
The dangerous driver appeared in the dock with pals Stephen Deville, 22, and Christopher Cox, 36, who were also jailed after they admitted being passengers in another stolen car with Brittle.
In addition, Cox pleaded guilty to separate charges of theft and producing cannabis - he stole a Suzuki motorbike and, when his home was searched, 10 cannabis plants were found in his attic.
Andrew Scott, prosecuting, said Brittle took the Corsa outside Aldi in Batley, West Yorkshire, last November. The car belonged to worker, Alexander Wood.
Mr Wood called the police, who tracked the car down to the M1, where it mounted the kerb on a northbound sliproad before leaving the motorway.
Brittle drove down the middle of a main road, forcing other vehicles out of the way. At one point he drove on the wrong side of a 40mph road at more than 77mph.
“A runner had to jump out of the way,” Mr Scott said.
He added Brittle took a right-hand bend at more than 90mph in a 30mph zone.
“The Corsa reached 90mph and appeared to go airborne over a railway crossing.
“Ironically, on the road was written the word ‘slow’.”
The car was chased for five miles and the vehicle was later found abandoned.
Brittle was arrested half-a-mile away.
Deville, Cox and Brittle were spotted by police on February 9 travelling in a silver Mercedes which had been reported stolen.
They were chased by officers before the £35,000 car was crashed near Roche Abbey, Maltby, causing over £10,000 of damage.
Deville and Cox were found hiding in a drain and Brittle was found in woodland.
Brittle admitted aggravated vehicle taking and dangerous driving and was jailed for 32 months.
Cox, from Retford, was locked up for two years, and Deville for 12 months and a day.