Hartlepool motor menace already banned 12 times in drunken 100mph chase on A19

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A MOTOR menace who led police on a drunken 100mph chase on the A19 in a stolen car had been banned from the roads 12 times.

Jason Ardle, 39, was told he “could have killed someone” as he weaved in out of cars on the packed carriageway during a seven-minute chase.

He was only brought to a stop by a police stinger in the road and a patrol car shunted him off the carriageway.

When he was arrested he was twice the legal limit and police discovered his appalling record of driving offences.

Ardle, of Straker Street, Hartlepool, had been banned from the roads a staggering 12 times since 1987.

He has not held a licence since he was banned in 1996 and never took an extended re-test ordered by the court.

But the danger driver showed completed contempt for the law when jumped behind the wheel of a Ford Focus stolen from Hull after a burglary.

He was spotted on the A1 at Boroughbridge on May 3 at around 6.30pm by police.

Local traffic cops picked up the car again on the A19 near the Tees flyover 40 minutes later and flashed for him to pull over.

But he sped off, pursued by the patrol car - reaching speeds of up 100mph as he weaved in and out of cars on the carriageway on a busy Friday night.

Stunned motorists had to brake and swerve to avoid being hit.

He was only brought to a stop when police deployed the stinger device on the outskirts of Hartlepool.

Robert Newcombe, prosecuting at Teesside Crown Court, said: “In order to evade the police the defendant weaved in between three lanes of traffic achieving speeds of 90mph to 100mph.

“Other motorists had to brake and take evasive action as a result of the defendant’s driving.

“A stinger was deployed which brought the car to a stop on an embankment and a police car shunted the vehicle.”

Ardle was the only occupant and when breath tested had 79 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35mg.

He was on bail at the time for a drunken assault on his wife at their home in Straker Street, Hartlepool, on January 23.

After downing lager and cider Ardle struck Victoria Ardle several times about the head and accidentally trapped her in a room when he pulled the door handle off.

He then grabbed two knives and threatened to use them on police.

Ardle was arrested after being overpowered by police.

Richard Herrmann, mitigating, said alcohol was at the root of all his offending but said he had kept out of trouble for around eight years.

He said of the incident with his wife: “Fortunately, limited harm was caused.”

Ardle admitted affray, aggravated vehicle taking, driving while disqualified, driving with excess alcohol and no insurance.

Jailing Ardle for 14 months Judge Peter Armstrong said: “It is extremely fortunate that no-one was killed including yourself or anybody else.

“What you need is a good spell drying out. It’s not appropriate to let you out for alcohol treatment.

“You need to realise first of all you have got a real problem otherwise you are just going to end up going back to prison time and time again.”

He was also banned from driving for another four years.