Danger driver fled police on three wheels for 10 miles before smashing into a wall

Michael Watson
Michael Watson

A man who drove for 10 miles on three wheels with sparks and debris flying off his car as police pursued him has been jailed.

Michael Watson, 65, of Rydal Road, Gosforth, Newcastle, carried on driving despite crashing his Hyundai into a wall and badly damaging it near Rothbury, Northumberland.

He was jailed for 10 months and banned from driving for 23 months following a hearing at Newcastle Crown Court on Thursday, Northumbria Police said.

The crash, in which Watson cracked his window and lost a wheel, happened in December in Hepple.

He carried on driving on three wheels, and the sound of grinding metal caught the attention of a passing officer on Rothbury High Street.

The officer tried to pull the driver over, but he refused and carried on for 10 miles with officers following behind him at a safe distance.

Watson admitted dangerous driving, having no insurance, failing to stop and possessing a hunting knife found in his car.

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 roadworthy at all times."