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Horton Bank Top driver is jailed for dangerous Bradford chase
A dangerous driver led police on a chase through Bradford streets at more than twice the speed limit, a court heard.
Curtis Titre cut up a police patrol car at a roundabout as it headed to another incident with its blue lights flashing, Bradford Crown Court was told yesterday.
During the pursuit Titre drove his car through red lights, travelled on the wrong side of the road, failed to give way at junctions and mini roundabouts, and narrowly missed hitting a cyclist as he cut inside him.
Jailing him for nine months, Judge Jonathan Rose told 21-year-old Titre it was an “appalling piece of driving by a young man enjoying the chase.”
He said Titre was prepared to take all manner of risk without any regard for the pursuing police officers, pedestrians, other motorists and the motorcyclist he had missed by a matter of feet.
Judge Rose, who was shown a video recording of Titre’s driving, added: “You took part in a pursuit on busy residential streets in this city without regard for life or limb of anybody else.”
Prosecutor Richard Davies said the police car was en route to a stolen vehicle incident in Holme Wood, Bradford, with its blue lights on and had started to move into the roundabout on Wakefield Road when the defendant cut across the front of their vehicle at speed.
The officers diverted and pursued Titre along Bowling Back Lane, where he reached speeds of 50mph. He turned left into Plane Trees Road where he travelled at 60mph. He turned into Leeds Road and headed back to Bowling Back Lane, travelling at up to 70mph in a 30mph limit.
The chase ended when Titre pulled out of Halcyon Way, Little Horton, and was hit by another car travelling in Canterbury Avenue. Titre’s car was spun around and he was arrested. Two passengers fled from the scene on foot.
Titre, of Widdop Close, Horton Bank Top, Bradford, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving. He was banned from driving for two years and ordered to retake an extended test.
His barrister, Emma Downing, said he was only 20 at the time and regretted what he had done.