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MetiNews.Com - Uninsured Donald Wharrier flouted the speed limit, ignored red lights and drove on the wrong side of the road in icy conditions
Breaking News ! A speeding motorist led police on a chase because he didn't want his wife to know he was driving her van. Uninsured Donald Wharrier, who also only held a provisional licence, panicked when officers tried to pull him over as he travelled through Wallsend. Instead of parking up, the 38-year-old refused to stop and sped off before leading them on a five-minute pursuit. A court heard that the dad-of-two was seen to flout the speed limit, ignore red lights and drive on the wrong side of the road - all in icy conditions and darkness. Wharrier eventually pulled up outside his home address in Courtfield Road, Walkergate, Newcastle, and immediately told officers he "shouldn't be driving". He admitted he'd taken his wife's van in order to pick up his son and panicked when police tried to stop him as he didn't want her to know he had it. Now, Wharrier, a self-employed joiner with no past convictions, has been given a community order and banned from the roads after he pleaded guilty to one count each of dangerous driving, failing to stop for a police constable, driving with no insurance and driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence. Read More Related Articles Two men found with drugs while being arrested for suspected Covid-19 breaches Read More Related Articles Disqualified Sunderland driver caught behind wheel of work van two days before ban ended Keith Laidlaw, prosecuting at North Tyneside Magistrates' Court, said police tried to pull over Wharrier when they saw him travelling in excess of the 30mph limit on Hadrian Road, in Wallsend, while behind the wheel of a VW Caddy. He said it was around 8.45pm on January 12 this year. "It was clear the vehicle was failing to stop so the officers requested authority for a pursuit to continue," Mr Laidlaw continued. "It was dark and the roads were, in places, icy. "The vehicle was travelling well in excess of the 30 limit. The pursuit lasted around five minutes. "The vehicle drove at high speeds in icy conditions, travelling through red lights and taking corners on the wrong side of the road without slowing.
." The court heard that Wharrier came to a stop on his driveway and got out to speak to the pursuing officers.
He immediately confessed that he shouldn't be driving as he didn't have a licence. Adam Scott, defending, said Wharrier was normally a hard-working family man and had acted "completely out of character". He added: "This came about as a result of poor thinking at that time and irrationality. His son, who had been out, contacted him because he'd fallen out with his girlfriend. "The van is his wife's. She ordinarily works in the wedding industry. He foolishly decided to take his wife's van to go and pick his son up. "He never gets to his son as police blue light him. He's terrified his wife is going to know he's taken the van, so he drives back to his home address with the police officers following him. "He can't believe he prioritised getting the van back on the drive so his wife didn't know he had taken it rather than stop for the police." Magistrates gave Wharrier an 18-month community order, with 175 hours of unpaid work, and banned him from driving for 12 months. He was also ordered to pay £85 costs and a £95 victim surcharge.
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