A DANGEROUS driver narrowly missed a young child on a bike while leading police on an eight-minute pursuit.

Uninsured and without a licence, Adam Pallister put lives in danger as he drove dangerously down residential streets and jumped red lights in a desperate bid to evade officers.

The 27-year-old’s recklessness behind the wheel led to a "horrifying near miss" with a schoolgirl on a bike as he darted across the youngster’s path and down a pedestrianised street.

Now he has been banned from the roads as a result of his actions on the evening of August 21 this year.

His driving, which saw him refuse to pull over during the pursuit from South Shields to Jarrow, has today been condemned by a Motor Patrols officer.

Sergeant Matt Sykes, of Northumbria Police, said: “The footage of Pallister’s driving speaks for itself – and could so easily have resulted in serious injury or a fatality.

“Pallister can be seen driving through red lights, travelling on the wrong side of the road and even going off-road in a desperate bid for freedom.

“The most harrowing moment comes as he sharply turns into a residential street. Had he done so a few seconds later, he could have hit a young child who was riding her bike and approaching the junction.

“There is absolutely no excuse for Pallister’s behaviour and I am pleased that he has now been banned from the roads. He proved he cannot be trusted to adhere to the laws of the road.

“We will continue to take appropriate action against those who flout the law and put the lives of other road users and our communities in danger.”

Pallister, of Sidney Street, Boldon Colliery, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, having no insurance and no licence when he appeared at Newcastle Crown Court on Monday (November 16).

He was subsequently sentenced to 10 months imprisonment, suspended for two years, along with 250 hours unpaid work and a two-year road ban.