Driver who raced girlfriend’s car through Hartlepool streets before hitting wall is jailed

Hartlepool Law Courts, incorporating Hartlepool Magistrates' Court.
Hartlepool Law Courts, incorporating Hartlepool Magistrates' Court.

A DRIVER who raced through red lights in a police chase after taking his girlfriend’s car was jailed.

Adam Trainer, 26, abandoned the damaged Vauxhall Astra after ramming it into a wall.

He went back to his girlfriend’s house in Hartlepool and the first she knew about it was when officers arrived to arrest him.

Trainer was a disqualified driver when officers spotted him at the wheel on January 17, Teesside Crown Court was told.

Prosecuting, Sue Jacobs said that when he saw them in Merlin Way, Hartlepool, he picked up speed and he overtook three vehicles.

The police switched on their blue lights and sirens, but he increased his speed to 60mph in a 30mph zone, driving through two red lights.

He also mounted a grass verge and drove along a pavement before hitting a wall in Wharton Terrace and running off.

Mrs Jacobs said: “His partner said that she did not give him permission to take the car, and she was not aware that he had taken it.”

Trainer’s motoring convictions went back to 2007 for taking a vehicle without consent, dangerous driving in 2008 and excess alcohol, driving while disqualified in 2009, then a four year jail sentence for drugs, and a conviction for aggravated vehicle taking in November 2012 involving an accident.

Trainer pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicle taking and driving while disqualified.

Jim Withyman, mitigating, said that Trainer was clearly capable of being a law-abiding and tax-paying young man because he had worked in the steel industry in Hartlepool until he was made redundant last November. He now had the chance to re-start his old job next month.

The judge Recorder William Lowe QC told him: “You drove in a way that disregarded the safety of anybody else on the road.

“It is quite clear that you are capable of living an ordered and decent life.”

Trainer, of Allerton Close, Hartlepool, was jailed for six months and disqualified from driving for 12 months.