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Dudley man jailed followed high speed police chase
11:31am Thursday 2nd August 2012 in News
A DUDLEY man who endangered lives by driving a stolen car against oncoming traffic on the town's by-pass during a high speed police chase has been locked up for a total of 55 months.
Mark Rock, of Wolverhampton Street, had been caught driving while disqualified for the 18th time and it was also the fourth time he had driven dangerously, said Mrs Sati Ruck prosecuting.
She told the Wolverhampton Crown Court the 31-year-old had also burgled the home of a vulnerable, profoundly deaf Dudley pensioner, he had befriended while offering to clear away her rubbish.
Rock committed the crimes just four weeks after being given a suspended prison sentence for theft.
Judge Amjad Nawaz told Rock: "You have an unenviable criminal record going back to the mid 90's. You have appeared before courts on a regular basis and all forms of disposal have failed to stop you from reoffending."
He said Rock was a man who continually engaged in dishonesty and the 61-year-old woman he burgled no longer trusted people and felt unable to leave her Maple Road home.
And, in the police chase, he had caused obvious danger and put other drivers in real fear - particularly when he drove against the flow of traffic.
The police chase came to an end, Mrs Ruck told the court, when Rock crashed into a fence.
Rock admitted burglary, driving dangerously while disqualified, without insurance and breaching the suspended prison sentence.
The judge jailed him for 50 months for the main offences and ruled he would have to stay behind bars for a further five months for the breach.
Miss Ruck said Rock had gone to the home of the pensioner and on the pretext of going out, had slipped upstairs and rifled through her jewellery box and wardrobe.
But the woman, although deaf, had been alerted by vibrations coming from upstairs and found Rock, telling him to leave before calling police.