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Driver led police on chase after mistakenly thinking they were after him
2:44pm Tuesday 23rd October 2012 in Local
A NETHERTON man who hit 85mph in a high speed police pursuit after he mistakenly thought officers were after him has narrowly avoided jail.
The police patrol car was behind a vehicle being driven by Trevor Mills and when officers were called on to assist colleagues in an unrelated incident they put on their flashing blue lights and siren.
But 23-year-old Mills was convinced they were trying to stop him and, because he had no insurance or driving licence, he panicked, said Mr David Lees prosecuting.
Mr Lees told Wolverhampton Crown Court Mills accelerated away just missing a parked car and in the ensuing chase went at speed over blind hump-backed bridges and drive on the wrong side of the road.
Mills also went the wrong way round a traffic island, drove through traffic lights on red, ignored keep left bollards and forced other motorists to take action to avoid a collision.
The pursuit finally came to an end when he took a bend at speed, lost control of his car, skidded, mounted the central reservation and spun round 180 degress so he was facing the patrol car.
Judge Martin Walsh told Mills: "This was a shocking and appalling piece of dangerous driving. "The police car wanted to get past you to attend an unconnected incident and you panicked.
"It is simply good fortune that no-one was killed. It is quite clear you imperiled not only yourself but other members of society.
“You have avoided going straight to prison by the skin of your teeth."
Mills, of Yew Tree Hills, admitted driving dangerously, without insurance or a licence and he was given a 42 week jail term suspended for two years.
He was ordered to carry out 180 hours unpaid community work, to obey a two month curfew between 7pm and 7am and disqualified from driving for four years.