Thieving Hartlepool driver crashed into wall after high-speed police chase

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A MAN has been given six months to keep himself out of prison after breaking a court order.

Marc Keenan was given a suspended jail sentence by Teesside Crown Court in January after he led police on a high-speed chase through residential streets before crashing into a garden wall.

But the 27-year-old breached the court order by going on to commit two new offences.

He admitted stealing food from Tesco Petrol Station, in Hartlepool, on July 16.

Police found him in carrying a lock knife on the same day and he pleaded guilty to having a blade in public when he appeared at Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court.

Keenan, of Jarvis Walk, Hartlepool, was sent back to Teesside Crown Court but the judge deferred sentencing him for the new offences and breach of the suspended sentence for six months.

He was given 15 months prison suspended for 18 months in January and disqualified from driving for three years.

It was after he admitted dangerous driving, driving while disqualified on Sunday, January 27 last year, as well as having no insurance and failing to provide a breath specimen.

The judge spared him immediate prison after being told he had turned a corner and was working with the probation service.