Driver in 100mph chase is jailed

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A DRIVER who crashed his car after a 100mph chase is behind bars.

James Bridgewater drove from Newcastle city centre to Sunderland before coming off the road and crashing into a barrier at a roundabout.

The 20-year-old was more than twice the drink-drive limit at the time.

Bridgewater, of Waverley Close, Shotton Colliery, admitted dangerous driving and will be sentenced next month.

Newcastle Crown Court heard he had been spotted by police in Newcastle who followed him but then abandoned the pursuit.

He was seen again by officers in Sunderland, who picked up the chase.

Prosecutor Stuart Michie said: “There was an incident in Newcastle city centre then the defendant was picked up near Sunderland and there was a short period of driving which ended up, after the defendant had been driving at 100mph, with a crash when he came off the A19 on to the Seaham turn-off.

“He crashed into a roundabout. He was twice the limit.”

Judge John Evans adjourned the case until the week of April 16.

The judge gave no indication of what the likely outcome of the case will be.

But he remanded Bridgewater in custody and said: “He’s got quite a history of driving offences.”