A Northumberland man has been jailed for driving his car on 3 wheels.
And he did this for some 10 miles.
The incident bang when the driver, Michael Watson crashed his Hyundai car into a wall in December 2015.
Owing to the accident his car was damaged which included a cracked windscreen and one of the wheels falling off.
Watson decided to drive off from the accident and was soon spotted by a passing police patrol car, when the officers noticed the wrong amount of wheels on the car.
The police attempted to pull Watson over but he ignored them and carried on driving for some 10 miles before he stopped.
Appearing before Newcastle Crown Court, Watson pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, having no insurance, failing to stop and possessing a bladed article that was found in his car.
Watson was sentenced to 10 months custody and banned from driving for 23 months.
Following the sentencing exercise, Neighbourhood Inspector Liz Hall said: “Officers were astonished to see a car being driven on three wheels and they could hear the sound of grinding metal, sparks were coming off it and debris was falling from the car, which was clearly not in a fit state to be driven. But still the driver persisted on continuing despite all this.
“We’re pleased that the court has handed down a custodial sentence as it shows the severity of the offence. Watson’s actions meant he posed a road-safety threat to himself and any other road users he encountered over a prolonged distance.
“This unusual case reminds drivers that road safety is the responsibility of anyone who uses our roads and it’s important that any motorist makes sure their vehicle is road worthy at all times.
“Watson will now be firmly on the radar of our Op Dragoon team and they will be ready to act if he continues to disregard the importance of road safety if he ever gets back behind the wheel.”
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