'Some of the worst driving I've ever seen': Judge jails reckless teen motorist after double high-speed chase
A banned teenage motorist who led police on two high-speed chases, including across a children's playing field while families were present, has been locked up.
Judge Simon Batiste said the driving by Kyle Evans was 'some of the worst' he had ever seen when he led police on a chase up to speeds of 120mph, and just one week after appearing in court for another driving offence.
Appearing at Leeds Crown Court this morning from custody at HMP Doncaster, the 19-year-old admitted two counts of dangerous driving, driving while banned and without insurance.
Prosecuting, Ben Whittingham said the first incident took place on October 4, 2019, at around 1.30pm when police officers tried to pull his vehicle over on Wakefield Road in Hemsworth, but he accelerated away near to Kinsley Greyhound Stadium, and across the playing field where youngsters and families were.
He eventually jumped from the car, as did his passenger, as the car careered into a fence. Evans was then arrested. It was found that car also had cloned plates.
He appeared before Leeds Magistrates' Court on March 23 this year where an interim ban was put in place.
Then, a week later on April 1 at 2.15am, Evans was spotted by police coming off the M62 at speed at Junction 32, heading through red lights before getting back onto the motorway.
Taking the A1 exit, he reached speeds up to 120mph and turned his headlights off while being pursued by officers.
He evaded a police stinger which had not been deployed properly as he took the exit towards Hemsworth, running red lights and going the wrong way around roundabouts.
The court was told that when he went through 30mph built-up areas at 80mph. He and his passenger eventually stopped and tried to make off on foot before being caught. Again, the car had cloned plates.
Evans, of Tombridge Crescent, Kinsley, has 12 convictions for 18 offences, mostly for violence and dishonesty.
Mitigating, Robin Frieze told the court that it was his first conviction for driving, that he had made immediate admissions to the charges and that it was his first time in prison.
He said that Evans' father had recently died and he never got a chanced to say his goodbyes, and that he had a baby son who had health issues, which caused a "spiral in his poor behaviour".
Mr Frieze added: "He is extremely sorry and wishes he could turn the clock back. He wishes he had stopped for the police but he panicked.
"He knows he will pay the price for it."
Judge Simon Batiste said the first incident should have "brought him to his senses", and added: "You got back into a car despite being disqualified and the driving you undertook was some of the worst I have ever come across.
"This was a terrifying piece of driving and it was a miracle that nobody was hurt of injured."
He jailed him for 22 months and banned from driving for five years.