Drink-driver rammed police in car chase through Sunderland streets

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A DRIVER rammed a police car before leading officers on a chase through residential streets in Sunderland.

Mark Wallace was sitting in a Vauxhall Astra when police were called to a street near his Silksworth home, Sunderland Magistrates’ Court heard.

“He reversed and collided with the front of the police car,” said Jeanette Smith, prosecuting.

“He then turned around, hitting two parked cars as he did so.

“Wallace then sped off along Dalton Terrace, Silksworth Lane and Essen Way. He reached speeds of 60mph in a 30mph limit, forcing other vehicles to swerve out of his way.

“He drove down the wrong side of the Essen Way dual carriageway, coming to a stop just after going the wrong way around a roundabout.”

The court heard Wallace was breath tested and found to be just under twice the legal limit for driving.

Wallace, 24, of Quarry Road, Silksworth, admitted dangerous driving, driving with excess alcohol, and failing to stop when requested by a police officer, all on November 21.

The court heard he has a previous conviction for dangerous driving.

Magistrates ruled their sentencing powers of six months to be insufficient, and ordered the case to be sent to Newcastle Crown Court to be dealt with on a date next month to be fixed.

Wallace was banned from driving immediately, the length of the ban will be decided when he is sentenced.

Magistrates released Wallace on unconditional bail.