Police dashcam footage shows stoned ‘white van man’ driving into incoming traffic and running red lights in terrifying chase – as he is slapped with a 15-month driving ban
- Michael Pitts, 24, headed the high-speed police chase in Cannock, Staffordshire
- Officers chased him as he skipped red lights and drove into incoming cars
- Pitts was handed a two-month prison sentence, suspended for 15 months
- Also given 15-month driving ban as ordered to carry out 80 hours of unpaid work
This is the shocking moment a stoned van driver tried to evade capture during a 70mph police chase along residential streets.
Michael Pitts, 24, skipped through red lights, drove into incoming cars and sped past a number of schoolchildren as he headed the high-speed pursuit in Cannock, Staffordshire on November 12 last year.
The driver, from Walsall, West Midlands, also threw a Taser disguised as a mobile phone out of his window during the chase before he was eventually boxed in by several squad cars and arrested.
Pitts, who tested positive for cannabis at the road side, was subsequently charged with dangerous driving, drug driving, possession of a Taser, driving without insurance and without a driving licence.
He was handed a two-month prison sentence, suspended for 15 months and slapped with a 15-month driving ban, last Wednesday.
Michael Pitts, 24, is boxed in by several squad cars and arrested after heading the high-speed police chase in Cannock, Staffordshire on November 12 last year
The van driver accelerates through residential streets at 70mph and skips red lights as he tries to evade police capture
Pitts drives along the wrong side of the road into incoming vehicles as he tries to flee
The van driver was also ordered told to carry out 80 hours of unpaid work, a rehabilitation activity for 30 days and pay costs of £150.
A judge also ordered the forfeiture and destruction of the weapon and the confiscation of the van.
During the dashcam footage, Pitts, speeds along the dual carriageway and drives along the wrong side of the road on the A5 in his uninsured Citroen Dispatch as police cars follow him at around 2.30pm.
The driver speeds off for eight miles and continues to over-take other vehicles.
At one point he mounts the central reservation and continues along the opposite-side carriageway, travelling the wrong way around a mini-island.
The pursuit continues past a group of schoolchildren, with the van travelling the incorrect way at an island as Pitts hits 70mph in a 30mph zone.
The yob driver then continues along the A460, through a red traffic light, before he decides to come to a stop by the side of a road and is eventually boxed in by several squad cars and arrested.
Pitts admitted dangerous driving, drug driving, possession of a Taser, driving without insurance and without a driving licence but was spared jail when he was sentenced at Stafford Crown Court last Wednesday.
The driver speeds off for eight miles and continues and travels the wrong way around a mini-island
He hits 70mph in a 30mph zone as he continues to head the police chase in his Citroen Dispatch
The yob driver decides to come to a stop by the side of a road and is eventually boxed in by several squad cars
PC Thomas Cordall, of Staffordshire Police’s Road Policing Unit, said: ‘Pitts is clearly a dangerous and reckless driver who put many people at risk on 12 November when he decided to lead officers on a pursuit through Cannock.
‘I am thankful that we were able to apprehend Pitts when we did, particularly after he passed a number of school children.
‘It is a relief that Pitts did not cause serious injury or worse to other road users and pedestrians that afternoon.
‘I am glad that he will be off our roads for a significant period of time.’