A DANGEROUS driver who crashed into a taxi in a bid to get away from the police has walked free from court.
John Slater caused minor damage when he ploughed his Peugeot motor into the cabbie’s Audi A6 on March 29.
Nobody was injured in the collision, which happened at Eastmoore Road in Sunderland after police had tailed Slater from the Queen Alexandra Bridge.
Before the smash, Slater drove dangerously and at speed.
Afterwards, he brought his car to a stop and fled on foot.
Slater, 26, of Rhodesia Road, Red House, Sunderland, admitted dangerous driving and having no licence or insurance.
Mr Recorder Barker sentenced him to six months imprisonment, suspended for 18 months, with supervision and banned him from driving for 18 months.
He was ordered to carry out 125 hours of unpaid work.
The judge told him: “The possibility of a serious accident was significant.
“Very serious consequences may have followed.”
Vic Laffey, defending, said Slater handed himself in to police after the offence and has been in custody since.