Danger driver behind bars after being traced from his McDonald's wrappers

A dangerous driver who tried to pretend his car had been stolen has been jailed after police used McDonald’s wrappers from the scene of a crash to catch him out.

John Jamieson, 29, was driving north on the A189 near Annitsford in Northumberland in June when he was spotted by police driving at more than 100mph.

Police followed Jamieson and his three passengers up towards Ashington and saw him mount a roundabout near Woodhorn Village, before crashing off the road.

Jamieson fled the scene, leaving behind his passengers, and tried to avoid the consequences of his actions by reporting his vehicle stolen to police just minutes after the incident.

But investigating officers proved he had been behind the wheel after they traced McDonalds wrappers found in the car and found CCTV footage of him going through the Drive-Thru after the time he claimed the vehicle had been stolen.

Further enquiries found mobile phone footage of Jamieson behind the wheel and driving at high speeds.

Jamieson, of Main Street in Red Row, was arrested and later admitted perverting the course of justice, dangerous driving, no insurance, failing to stop for police and failing to stop after an accident.

He was due to be sentenced in July, but failed to appear.

He was later tracked down by officers and appeared at Newcastle Crown Court where a judge sentenced him to 10 months behind bars.

Detective Sergeant Jonny Pallace, of Northumbria Police, highlighted how teamwork helped link Jamieson to the crime and bring about a conviction.

He said: “This was a great effort by multiple teams, we had officers from different departments working together to gather intelligence and bring in the suspect.

“Jamieson was driving recklessly on the roads during rush hour and this could have easily ended in tragedy.

“Driving dangerously will not be tolerated and this shows the lengths officers will go to take offenders off the streets and keep roads safe.

“I hope he enjoyed his McDonald’s because I don’t think they deliver to prison.”

Jamieson was also banned from driving for 45 months and must take an extended retest before being allowed back on the road.