A teenager took his Nan’s car on a high speed police chase through Matson, while his heavily pregnant girlfriend was in the passenger seat.
Jordan Shepherd drove on the wrong side of a roundabout and at 60mph in residential areas in the Vauxhall Corsa he took without his grandmother’s knowledge or permission.
The 19-year-old had just a provisional licence and was with his seven month pregnant girlfriend when he refused to stop as a police car attempted to pull him over on September 23.
Prosecution Janine Wood told Gloucester Crown Court: “Officers noticed a Vauxhall Corsa which appeared to change direction away from their vehicle.
“They approached it with illuminated lights and requested it to stop. But it didn’t.
“It continued driving in the area of Matson and at one stage the vehicle went on the wrong side of the roundabout.”
Police video of the chase showed the car travelling on 30mph at double that speed before officers put out stingers in Matson Avenue to stop his car.
Shepherd of Norbury Avenue in Gloucester tried to run from police when the chase ended. It left the cop car with some near side wing damage.
When interviewed Shepherd told police his Nan had given him her car key to clean it. Mrs Wood added: “He told police ‘I thought if I could lose the police, I could lose my girlfriend, get some sleep and hand myself in the next day.”
The court heard Shepherd was currently serving an eight month jail sentence for being part of a gang that left the driver and passengers of a Matson night bus terrified when he stopped it moving by brandishing a truncheon before using it to smash a window. Judge Jamie Tabor QC said Shepherd, now a dad-of-two, seemed to be making some bad decisions at the moment.
Defending Andrew Hobson said he had not coped well with the death of his own father of cancer in February last year.
Mr Hobson said: “It was not his intention to drive badly and dangerously.
“He did not have the proper driving documentation and he went into a state of panic.
“It was out of panic and he did not set out to engage in some sort of competition with police.
“He knows as much as anybody that what he did was unacceptable.”
Shepherd pleaded guilty to taking a vehicle without consent, dangerous driving, driving without insurance, driving not in accordance with a licence and failing to stop at the request of constable.
Judge Tabor jailed him for eight months, banned him from driving for 12 month, told him he would have to sit an extended driving licence ordered he pay a £100 victim surcharge.
He told Shepherd: “When you get back to the Young Offenders Institute you need to make up your mind whether this is going to be the life you want to pursue or if you are going to sort yourself out. You are going to have to grow up I’m afraid.
“This was a bad piece of driving. Anyone that tries to drive away from police at high speed in a built up area, has to go to prison.
“It was pretty mean and nasty to take your Nan’s car, particularly as she had been looking after you.”