Banned driver jailed after police chase through Cleethorpes
BANNED driver Jordan Lydon put the lives of innocent people in danger when he recklessly hurtled around streets in the early hours while being chased by the police.
After he ran off, the police helicopter was brought in to track him down and he was finally found inside his home – hiding in the box section of a bed with a mattress on top of it, a court heard.
Lydon, 21, of Edward Street, Cleethorpes, admitted driving a car taken without consent, dangerous driving, drink-driving, driving while banned, failing to stop and having no insurance on January 25.
Jeremy Evans, prosecuting, told Grimsby Crown Court that police spotted Lydon driving with a defective rear light in Cleethorpes at about 3am.
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He accelerated away and the police chased him along Isaac's Hill and Grimsby Road with flashing blue lights and sirens sounding.
He failed to give way in Brereton Avenue, headed through red lights, cut corners on the wrong side of the road and sped over mini roundabouts the wrong way in St Peter's Avenue, Cleethorpes.
Lydon drove on the wrong side of the road in Trinity Road and Bentley Street before coming to a halt.
He ran off and "hopped over back gardens" but the police helicopter was called in and officers used its heat-seeking device to find him.
"There was nowhere for the defendant to go", said Mr Evans.
Lydon was traced to his Edward Street home. Blood was found on the doorstep.
Officers forced their way in and he was found hiding in the wooden box section of a bed, with a mattress on the top.
A breath test reading revealed Lydon had 43mcg of alcohol in 100ml of breath. The legal limit is 35mcg.
He had convictions for 32 offences, including aggravated vehicle taking and five each for driving while banned and having no insurance.
Charlotte Baines, mitigating, said Lydon had suffered a "torrid" time as a youth, "hanging around with the wrong sort of people", but he had been out of trouble for nearly two years and appeared to have turned a corner.
He had been doing part-time building work, which had "added meaning to his life, which was lacking in his early youth". His girlfriend was pregnant.
"His father was never there for him," said Miss Baines. "His father has been in and out of prison and is currently incarcerated somewhere for offences. He doesn't want the same for his child."
Judge David Tremberg told Lydon: "You have been dealt with on many occasions for vehicle-related crime. You could not have failed to know that, if you got in trouble for such offending, you would be risking your liberty.
"You were out drinking. You knew you were disqualified. For no good reason, you chose to drive.
"You took a risk with your safety and the safety of innocent members of the public. This was serious criminal offending."
Lydon was jailed for ten months. He was banned from driving for three years and must pass an extended retest.