A TEENAGER drove at an “eye-watering” 93mph during a lengthy police chase in which a woman was injured and two vehicles badly damaged, Bradford Crown Court heard today.

Bailey Moffat was at the wheel of an uninsured Honda Civic when he sped off on January 22, running red lights and bouncing over speed bumps.

He was pursued up Hollins Hill to Baildon High Street and down Kirk Lane, New Road and Otley Road,only stopping after he struck a stationary vehicle.

Moffat, 18, of Smiddles Lane, Bankfoot, Bradford, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving and driving while unlicensed and uninsured.

He was spared an immediate custodial sentence by Recorder Sam Green QC who told him he was giving him a chance because the offences could be “a one-off.”

The court heard that the police wanted to stop the car because they believed it was a stolen vehicle on cloned plates.

Moffat, who had a passenger with him, went 80mph past Apperley Bridge Railway Station and reached a top speed of 93mph.

He almost hit a double-decker bus and failed to stop at a red light at road works.

After he crashed into the stationery vehicle, he ran off before dropping to his knees and raising his hands.

Two vehicles were badly damaged in the pursuit and a woman suffered an injured thumb.

Miss Erin Kitson-Parker said in mitigation that Moffat was 17 at the time.

He had ceased all contact with the older male in the car with him.

He had no previous convictions and he was a hardworking labourer specialising in concreting.

Miss Kitson-Parker said Moffat would lose his job if he was locked up. His girlfriend, a student nurse, would also suffer if they lost their home.

Although Moffat was expecting the worst, Recorder Green was urged to suspend the sentence.

Moffat had experienced a difficult childhood and struggled with his education before settling down in stable accommodation with a good job.

Recorder Green sentenced him to six months’ in a young offender institution, suspended for 18 months, with 100 hours of unpaid work. He was banned from driving for 12 months and until he takes an extended retest.

He told Moffat that it was a bad case of prolonged and aggressive dangerous driving.

“You went the eye-watering speed of 93mph at one point,” he said.

But he was 17 at the time with no previous convictions and he was prepared to take a chance on him.

“Don’t let me down,” he warned.