A MAN who struggled to control a damaged car as he drove dangerously in an attempt to escape from the police has been remanded in custody.
Dean Leary, aged 34, of Bangor House, Forth Drive, Chelmsley Wood, had pleaded guilty at Warwick Crown Court to charges of dangerous driving and having no insurance.
Prosecutor Daniel Oscroft said that in June the police saw Leary driving a black Ford Mondeo in Stechford Lane, Stechford, at around 12.25pm.
The number plates of the car had been altered, and it was clearly damaged and was 'crabbing' along the road.
When the officers tried to stop him Leary ignored their siren and blue light, and as he went over a bridge in Station Road he overtook a bus in the face of oncoming traffic, hitting the bus as he did so.
The car hit the rear of another vehicle before turning into Vintage Close where Leary and his two passengers abandoned the Mondeo and ran off.
But he was caught as he tried to climb a garden fence and admitted he had tried to get away because he had no licence and no insurance.
Mr Oscroft added that Leary had been disqualified on six occasions, and had convictions for driving without insurance going back to 1993.
Scott Coughtrie, defending, said Leary had been the sole carer for his daughter since she was three, and she is now 18 and at college full-time.
He had been a heavy drug user, but had not taken any drugs since being remanded in custody following his arrest and had been testing negative.
But Judge Marten Coates said: "I am not prepared to accept his word that he is off drugs."
He adjourned the case for Leary to be assessed for a drug treatment programme and to be tested for drugs, and remanded him in custody.