A BANNED motorist involved in a dangerous police chase in which he drove towards officers on foot, was jailed for 14 months.

Andrew Wright was disqualified for three years and jailed for a year, at Durham Crown Court, in October 2017, for dangerous driving in a quad bike.

Wright, 27, of Colts Park, Hamsterley Colliery, was back at court yesterday after admitting dangerous driving, while disqualified and without insurance, in a pursuit, on June 10.

He he was driving a Subaru Legacy followed by police from the A181 entering the northbound A19 slip road, at 10.15am.

Wright performed a u-turn and drove back up the slip road, before carrying out dangerous overtaking manoeuvres back on the A181 and heading into Wingate.

Victoria Lamballe, prosecuting, said police lost sight of the car, but it was located in an old pit heap area where Wright drove dangerously at officers trying to block the exit, performing ‘doughnut’ turns.

He eventually did drive away, but the car was found abandoned nearby in Station Town and he was pursued and arrested on foot, apparently under the influence of cannabis.

When questioned Wright referred to it as, “a bit of cat and mouse and I got caught.”

Vic Laffey, in mitigation, said it was accepted Wright’s driving was, “wholly inappropriate” and he acted, “foolishly” when urged to stop by police.

Passing sentence, Judge Ray Singh said Wright does not appear to have learned his lesson from his previous offending and convictions.

Judge Singh also imposed a further three years and seven months driving disqualification.