A GARAGE mechanic landed his car on its roof after a 100mph police chase.
Marc Horribine was seen by a patrol running a red light in Peterlee town centre in the early hours, Durham Crown Court heard.
“The police vehicle activated its blue lights and siren as it pursued Horribine’s Mercedes,” said Peter Sabiston, prosecuting.
“The car sped through Peterlee town centre, narrowly missing another patrol car, before joining the A19 where it reached speeds believed to have been in excess of 100mph.
“Police lost contact with the car after it left the main road at the A181 junction, but it was found later on its roof on some scrub land, having demolished a barrier.”
Horribine, 23, of Grampian Way, Peterlee, admitted dangerous driving and failing to stop after an accident on October 28 last year.
William Davison, defending, said in mitigation: “Mr Horribine was first seen by police outside a nightclub, but he had not been drinking.
“He was upset having just broken up with his girlfriend of seven years.
“It is inevitable the mandatory driving ban for this offence will cost him his job at the garage.”
The Recorder, Mr Euan Duff, sentenced Horribine to six months in prison, suspended for 18 months, and 200 hours of community work.
Horribine was banned from driving for 12 months and ordered to pay Durham County Council £848 for the barrier.
The recorder told him: “This was a very bad piece of driving and it is fortunate you didn’t harm yourself more than you did, and that no one stepped out in front of your car.”
Horribine must pay for the barrier within 12 months, and he must take an extended driving test if he wishes to regain his licence after the ban expires.