A 19-YEAR-OLD Oldbury driver who left another motorist with a broken back when he ploughed into his car while being pursued by police has avoided jail.

Jarell Jones, who was uninsured was behind the wheel of his father's BMW when he struck the VW Golf being driven by Mohammed Chaudry, said Miss Sally Cairns prosecuting.

She told Wolverhampton Crown Court that Jones hit 70mph as he drove towards the Oldbury Ringway - much too fast to give way to other vehicles.

He ploughed into the side of the VW knocking the vehicle into the central reservation and it went on to hit a lamppost before coming to rest on the pavement.

Mr Chaudhry suffered a fractured vertebrae in his back with is £14,000 car being written off in the collision, added Miss Cairns.

She said that Jones fled from the scene without stopping to check on the condition of the other motorist but was quickly traced by investigating police officers.

When questioned Jones who had no trace of alcohol or drugs in his system said he had borrowed his father's car to go to a party because his own vehicle was under repair.

Jones, a BMW apprentice, of Apollo Road, Oldbury, admitted causing injury by driving dangerously and having no insurance and he was given 16 months detention suspended for two years

He was also ordered to carry out 200 hours unpaid work in the area, disqualified from driving for three years and ordered to pay £5,000 compensation.

Mr Oliver Woolhouse defending told the court that Jones, who was also told to obey a three month curfew order, made a "terrible decision" when he opted to drive away at speed on the spur of the moment.