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Driver banned in stolen car led police to 99mph chase in Zone 30


A banned driver who fled police in a stolen car and led them on a chase that hit 99 mph in a 30 zone has been jailed for two years.

Colm Doyle was forced off the road by a patrol vehicle at the Chain Bar roundabout after he snatched a black Toyota Yaris taken from a car dealership in Bradford the day before.

Police spotted Doyle driving the car on Bradford Road, Brighouse, at midnight on November 18. It was on cloned plates and it sped along Smith House Lane, Bentley Avenue and Wakefield Road, Bradford Crown Court learned yesterday.

He didn’t give in, went on the wrong side of the road, and went 99 mph in a 30 zone.

At the Chain Bar roundabout, a police vehicle contacted the Yaris to “deactivate” it, we learned in court.

Doyle, 29, of Fencote Crescent, Fagley, Bradford, fled but was apprehended.

A crowbar, gloves, mole grips, a torch and screwdrivers were found in the car.

The court heard that the Toyota was stolen from a garage in Manningham just after 1:30 p.m. on November 17.

The owner of the business had planned to sell it for £ 5,000 and was working the premises when he was kicked out.

Doyle then admitted to taking a vehicle with aggravation, including reckless driving and driving while disqualified.

He also pleaded guilty to stealing a taxi driver’s wallet, bank cards and £ 40 cash from his car parked in Paley Road, Bradford on October 28.

The court heard that he and an accomplice smashed the window on the Skoda Octavia, causing damage of £ 120.

Doyle had 30 previous convictions for 53 offenses and had breached a nine-month suspended prison sentence for dangerous driving and driving without a license and without insurance.

It was his third dangerous driving offense, the court said.

His lawyer, Anastasis Tasou, admitted that an immediate prison sentence was inevitable.

Doyle, who was convicted over video link with HMP Doncaster, had already spent several weeks in detention.

He had avoided trouble for a long time before relapsing into drugs and taking on substantial debt, Mr Tasou said.

He had a supportive partner and the job offer in the family business.

Judge Neil Davey QC jailed Doyle for 18 months for aggravated vehicle grabbing and activated six months of the suspended sentence to be executed consecutively.

He was banned from driving for three years.

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