A DRIVER who sped through residential areas of Solihull at up to 80mph after drinking and taking cocaine has been jailed for ten months.
William Butler, aged 30, of Brays Road, Sheldon, was also banned from driving for three years by a judge at Warwick Crown Court on Monday.
He had admitted dangerous driving, failing to take a breath test, having no insurance or full driving licence and failing to surrender to bail.
Prosecutor Paul Baty said that late on October 15 last year Butler, driving a BMW with passengers, was seen speeding along Warwick Road towards Solihull.
He was being followed by police along St Bernards Road, St Margarets Road and into Lode Lane.
His speed along the 30mph roads reached 60 to 80mph and he went through two sets of red traffic lights.
The chase came to an end after a stinger device punctured the car’s tyres. But he locked the car’s doors and had to be pulled out through the window before being arrested.
Butler, who had a number of previous convictions for driving offences, refused to take a breath test but later accepted he had drunk a substantial amount of alcohol and taken three lines of cocaine.
Andrew Davidson, defending, said it was ‘not the very worst case’ of dangerous driving, and there was no collateral damage or injury. He added that Butler’s partner is pregnant and he is now ‘very keen to get his life back on track.’