A MAN who drove at 96mph through roadworks and hit speeds of 75mph in a 30mph zone has been spared jail.
Callum Molloy, 24, from Swadlincote, Derbyshire went through red lights on a crossroads at 70mph and mounted a pavement during the pursuit in the early hours of December 5 last year.
An officer said his driving “could have had fatal consequences”.
Molloy was sentenced at Taunton Crown Court today after admitting charges of dangerous driving and driving with no insurance.
He was given a 20-month suspended jail sentence and disqualified from driving for two years. He must also complete unpaid work and pay court costs.
The pursuit began when he failed to stop for an officer after being spotted doing 96mph through roadworks on the M5 where an advisory 40mph limit was in place.
Molloy headed into Bridgwater, Somerset where he drove on the wrong side of the road, crossed double white lines and went through red lights on a crossroads at 70mph.
He also mounted and drove across a pavement and reached speeds of 75mph in Taunton Road, where the limit is 30mph.
At one point, an Audi travelling in the opposite direction was forced to take evasive action to avoid a collision as Molloy drove straight towards it.
The pursing officer eventually forced Molloy’s vehicle to stop.
PC Owen Davies, of the Roads Policing Unit, said: “Towards the end of the incident he was continuing to drive despite the vehicle suffering two blown tyres.
“His actions could easily have had fatal consequences had he been in collision with another motorist or pedestrian.”