A dangerous driver who boasted to a judge that she could put money on not seeing him in court again was back behind the wheel within weeks and flipped his car on the A1.

Daniel Rogerson was sentenced last July for trying to flee from police at speed and veering off the road.

Judge Amanda Rippon gave him a chance for that offence, imposing a community order - sparking his comment about not getting in trouble again as he walked out of the courtroom.

But in August last year he was spotted driving a Seat by the same PC who caught him the first time.

This time, he fled at speed onto the A1, he hit another car as he tried to take a slip road and flipped his car onto its roof before running off with his dog.

Dealing with him for the latest offence, Judge Rippon said: "I don't know what it was about me in July last year that led the defendant to not take seriously what I said to him.

"Despite the fact when he walked out of my courtroom last July he told me he I could put money on him not coming back, a month later he did almost exactly the same thing.

"People who breach orders I make by committing offences so swiftly after the order is made and do exactly the same thing again after I've given them a chance, well that's usually it."

Judge Rippon added: "He was very lucky he didn't kill someone, it could have been much worse.

"The car he was in turned over on it's roof so he could have killed himself and if he is not bothered about himself, he could have killed his dog that was in the car with him.

"I'm concerned about the harm he could cause to drivers going about their business when he decides to to get in a car. He cannot drive, in both senses of the word."

The court heard it was on July 5 last year that Rogerson was given a community order and banned from the roads for dangerous driving and having no insurance or licence. He had failed to stop for police in August 2018 and hit a kerb and his car veered off the road.

Having told Judge Rippon she could put money on him behaving, he was back behind the wheel in Blaydon, Gateshead, on August 24.

A PC who arrested him in 2018 was suspicious when the driver of a Seat looked away as he passed the marked police car.

He turned to follow him and indicated for him to stop but he refused and "took off like a rabbit" and headed onto the A1, where he changed lanes erratically.

Near the Dunston turn off, he tried to turn sharply onto the slip road but left insufficient space and hit a car in the inside lane.

Michael Bunch, prosecuting, said: "That caused him to lose control and hit a barrier before flipping over and coming to a rest on the near side of the slip road.

"He got out of a window and ran from the scene with his dog before the police arrived."

Rogerson was found hiding in a nearby garden. and arrested.

The 22-year-old, of Front Street, Winlaton, Gateshead, initially claimed he was the passenger in the car but later admitted dangerous driving, driving while disqualified, failing to provide a specimen and having no insurance.

Judge Rippon told him: "You could very well be sitting in front of me having killed someone. You could very well not be sitting in front of anyone anymore having killed yourself.

"You left my court last year and told me I could put money on not seeing you again. It sounded like a bit of bravado at the time and it seems it was.

"I'm not used to not being taken seriously, Mr Rogerson. People that don't take me seriously and breach my orders end up in one place."

The judge decided to give him a 10 month prison sentence suspended for two years with 120 hours unpaid work and a three year driving ban.

But she warned him he will be jailed if he does it again, saying: "If we meet again and you come back and have driven again, you need to bring a bag with you."

Tony Cornberg, defending, said: "Despite him so flagrantly disobeying the order there has not been trouble since then.

"This should not have happened at all, I'm still to get to the bottom of what on earth he thought he was doing that day."

Mr Cornberg said Rogerson was "polite and quiet" and has "difficulties with anxiety and communication."