A grandad who led police on a 50mph car chase over speed bumps in residential streets in east Hull admitted that he "could have killed five people".
Police officers spotted Lee Grantham, 49, of Laythem Close, off Preston Road, driving disqualified in an uninsured silver Volkswagen Golf while on patrol in Southcoates Lane at just before 3pm on February 27.
In police dashcam footage shown to Hull Crown Court on Thursday, Grantham could be seen leading police on a high-speed chase through residential streets in east Hull, taking speed bumps at 50mph.
Paul Nicholson, prosecuting, said Grantham had repeatedly travelled "well in excess" of the 30mph limit and that police had put on the blue lights and given him "ample notice" that they wanted him to stop.
He had then led them on a chase lasting nearly 10 minutes through Teesdale Avenue, New Bridge Road, Lodge Street and a number of other narrow residential streets in the area of Holderness Road, the court heard.
The car started smoking heavily as he also went through two red lights and was undertaking other cars via the bus lane on Holderness Road.
When he missed an exit at a roundabout in Mount Pleasant, Mr Nicholson said Grantham had turned back and went over a grass verge into oncoming traffic.
That was when police decided to ram the rear of Grantham's vehicle to bring the chase to an immediate stop, the court heard, which caused the vehicle to spin to a halt.
Officers found three people in the car and found it was using false plates before arresting Grantham, who said he had bought the vehicle two weeks previously for £250.
Mr Nicholson said he told the officers he did not know about the plates and had merely panicked when he saw police, knowing that he was driving the vehicle illegally.
But the court heard he admitted in police interview: "I could have killed five people, I'm a fool, I know what I've done."
The court heard Grantham had 27 previous convictions for 66 offences dating back to 1983, including a community order for dangerous driving in 2011, but he had not been in trouble since 2012.
Mark Savage, defending Grantham, said he had given a full, open and frank admission of what he had done.
"The fact he could have killed someone has played on his mind since the incident," he said.
Mr Savage said Grantham "would be the first to admit" his criminal history was "not helpful", but that it had been a result of alcoholism and that he had actually been alcohol free for the past eight years.
He had avoided trouble throughout that time and had secured his own accommodation for the first time in his life, the court heard.
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Mr Savage said Grantham had raised four children, and now had a one-year-old granddaughter.
Mr Savage also appealed to the judge to bear in mind the risk that would be posed to Grantham, who has a longstanding lung condition, by being in prison during the Covid-19 pandemic, saying he was "no stranger" to jail but that he was now "fearful" because of the current situation.
Sentencing Grantham, Judge Mark Bury said: "Until 2012 you have a very poor record.
"To your credit, you have since acted to turn your life around. You gave up alcohol and as a consequence this is the first time you have been back before the courts and you deserve a great deal of credit for that endeavour."
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Referencing his latest crime, the judge said: "If only you had just pulled over and taken the punishment for not having a licence - but you didn't."
He said he could "not overlook that the dangerous driving was serious" and that immediate custody was the only option available to him.
He sentenced Grantham to seven months in prison. He will have to serve half of that before being released on licence.
Judge Bury added that he hoped the term was short enough that he would be able to keep hold of his flat in his absence.