A GRIEVING son of stab victim George Dagg has been spared jail after a “moment of madness” behind the wheel.
Robert Dagg was over the limit when he drove a Ford Fiesta from Newcastle to Sunderland after a night out in May.
He drove dangerously in a bid to get away from police who gave chase and the force helicopter was deployed to ensure his arrest after he abandoned the car.
Newcastle Crown Court heard the 24-year-old, who was not insured, drove over the speed limit, travelled on the wrong side of the road and failed to slow down for junctions during the early-morning police pursuit which started on the A19.
Dagg, of Lower Richmond Road, London, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, driving with excess alcohol and having no insurance.
The offences were just a month before Dagg lost his dad George, 56, in a stabbing attack outside his Sunderland home.
Stuart Graham, defending, said the death of Dagg’s father has had a “monumental” effect on him and the retail worker has taken time off from his job in the capital to grieve with his family.
Mr Graham said Dagg is an intelligent man who is “utterly ashamed” of his “moment of madness” that night.
The court heard Dagg had volunteered to drive as he believes he was the least affected by alcohol out of his group.
Mr recorder Barker sentenced Dagg to nine months behind bars, suspended for two years, with 120 hours’ unpaid work, £340 costs and a two-year road ban.
The judge said the prison sentence could be suspended due to Dagg’s good job.
The judge added: “I also have in mind the terrible tragedy that you and your family have suffered in the recent weeks.
“Clearly that is something the court can have notice of, this court can act on and this court has sympathy for anyone who finds themselves in the position you do.”
•Two people have been charged with George Dagg’s murder and face trial later this year.