THE unlicensed driver of a stolen car who terrified road users and pedestrians by driving through town streets at nearly 100mph spent Christmas behind bars after being locked up for 10 months.
James Weaver, aged 20, dangerously overtook other cars and raced through red lights as police gave chase, and appeared to be under the influence of drink or drugs after being arrested when he assaulted an officer.
Cardiff Crown Court was told he was first spotted driving a stolen Citroen C2 in Brynmawr’s King Street on Thursday, September 9, but failed to stop and sped off before finally crashing the car near a housing estate and fleeing with his passenger.
Marian Lewis, prosecuting, said police saw Weaver overtaking other cars at 70mph in a 30mph zone approaching a zebra crossing.
He then raced down a slip road at 80mph, drove through traffic lights at 90mph and went the wrong way around a roundabout.
Nearing a housing estate, he crashed across a T junction before coming to a halt on a grass verge and running from the car.
Weaver of Rhoslan, Tredegar, was tracked down by police dogs, but swore at officers and assaulted one by kicking at them.
“He appeared to be under the influence of drink or drugs. He became verbally abusive, was shouting and swearing and kicked out at PC Davies in the leg,” said the prosecutor.
Weaver had to be restrained on the ground before being taken into custody, where at the police station he failed to provide a drug and drink sample.
He admitted charges of dangerous driving, assaulting an emergency worker, failing to provide a specimen, a public order offence, driving without insurance and driving without a licence.
Eugene Egan, defending, said his client had experienced a traumatic childhood and had been diagnosed with ADHD.
Weaver had kicked out at the police officer after his sister became involved and the officer had “placed hands on her”, which led to him overreacting, he added.
Judge Timothy Petts told Weaver of Rhoslan, Tredegar: “You knew full well you shouldn’t have been driving that car…
“That sort of thing just can’t be tolerated and those who do it must expect immediate custody.”
He was sentenced to 10 months’ detention at a young offenders’ institute and banned from driving for three years and five months.
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