Driver leads police on deadly chase; an 'immature young man eager to please his friends'.
A DESPERATE driver led police on a deadly chase before leaping from a moving car in a bid to escape justice.
Tyron McMurray had bought a new blue Mini Cooper and volunteered to take his friends for a drive - despite having no driving licence or insurance.
A court heard that when a police car tried to pull him over the 28-year-old "panicked" and sped off.
McMurray then led police on a high speed chase at up to 70mph in a 30pmh area of North Shields , skidding backwards over the junction to the ferry terminal and driving the wrong way around two roundabouts.
He eventually pulled the handbrake and jumped out of the car while it was still moving - leaving it to crash into a fence - before fleeing off down a footpath.
Now McMurray has avoided an immediate jail term as a judge told him he "shouldn't be going anywhere near the wheel of a vehicle for a very long time".
Prosecutor Elizabeth Muir told Newcastle Crown Court that police officers were on mobile patrol at 8.25pm on June 1 when they spotted a blue Mini Cooper at the roundabout of Coble Dene.
Ms Muir said: "They were concerned at the speed of the vehicle so they decided to follow it.
It's shouldn't anywhere wheel of for a very Recorder "It slowed to a normal speed and headed through Royal Quays car park. It then looped back around at speed back onto Cobble Dene which has a 30mph limit."
The court heard police then activated their lights and sirens and tried to follow the blue Mini, which hit speeds of up to 70mph as it tried to get away.
Ms Muir said: "The officers saw it drive straight over a roundabout Chirton Dene Way before locking the wheels which caused the vehicle to lose control and skid backwards over the junction to the ferry terminal."
As the chase continued the Mini went the wrong way round two roundabouts and round a blind corner before turning right onto Robert Westall Way and crashing into the garden fence of a property.
The court heard the occupants got out of the car and ran off down a footpath.
McMurray was chased and stopped by police, admitting in interview that he had "panicked as he had no licence or insurance".
Ms Buir said: "He said he wasn't aware the vehicle had collided with anything, saying he had pulled the handbrake and jumped out."
The court heard McMurray had previously been banned from the roads for drink driving and had never regained his licence.
Mark Harrison, defending, said McMurray was an "immature young man eager to please a group of friends".
He told the court: "This was a series of extremely poor decisions.
"It was stupid of him to buy a car without having a licence in hand, it was yet more stupid of him to show that car to his friends and volunteer to take them for a drive.
"Most foolish of all was the reaction and panic on being stopped by police."
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Recorder Andrew Dallas sentenced him to eight months in prison, suspended for 12 months, and a threeyear driving ban.
He told the defendant: "You took some appalling risks, particularly at roundabouts. It was only through very good fortune that neither yourself or passengers, or other motorists or pedestrians, weren't killed or seriously injured as a result of your driving.
"It's clear you shouldn't be going anywhere near the wheel of a vehicle for a very long time."
when they Cooper at Coble back onto without hand, it was him to friends' to guilty dangerously"It's clear you shouldn't be going anywhere near the wheel of a vehicle for a very long time." Recorder Andrew Dallas