Hartlepool man’s car broke down as he fled from police

Teesside Crown Court.
Teesside Crown Court.

A driver whose car broke down when he tried to outrun police was banned from driving.

Police switched on their blue lights and sirens when they spotted Kieron Robinson, 25, in a red Ford Fiesta at Crimdon Dene at 1am.

He sped off and reached 40mph in built up areas. He drove over a grassy area and through a narrow metal barrier onto Easington Road, where his clutch failed.

Prosecutor Emma Atkinson told Teesside Crown Court the car came to a halt and Robinson smelled strongly of cannabis.

Robinson pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, failing to stop, no insurance, no licence, and failing to provide a specimen.

Jim Withyman, defending, said there was no pre-sentence report because Robinson was virtually of no fixed address meaning he could not do a community order.

Judge Tony Briggs told Robinson: “It seems to me that it is just possible to pass a suspended prison sentence.”

Robinson, of The Front, Seaton Carew, was given a six-month jail sentence which was suspended for two years, disqualified for 18 months and until he passes an extended driving test, and ordered to pay £180 court charges