A DRIVING menace was caught driving dangerously in his car – just 30 minutes after he bought it.
Stephen Bogie was spotted in Houghton Road, in Houghton, by a fellow motorist who was worried there would be an accident.
Newcastle Crown Court heard the 23-year-old was driving on the wrong side of the road and at high speeds.
The driver of the other vehicle noted down the registration number of Bogie’s Renault Laguna and called police.
About 20 minutes later, two officers spotted the vehicle.
Prosecutor Stephen Duffield said: “The police officer had on his light and siren.
“As a result of that, the defendant drove off at speed, well in excess of the 30mph speed limit.
“Again, he went on the wrong side of the road, again the defendant caused other drivers to take evasive action.
“He drove in excess of 60mph, which caused the officers to lose sight of him.”
Bogie abandoned the car but was later found in possession of the car keys.
He was arrested but chose to make no reply to police questioning.
Bogie, of Peasemore Road, Pennywell, admitted two counts of dangerous driving on June 24.
Glen Gatland, defending, said Bogie had bought the vehicle only half an hour before his arrest.
He said that he had been speeding because he intended to sell the car to someone else and did not want to risk missing an appointment with them.
Mr Gatland added: “He can only apologise for the manner of his driving.
“When he saw the police car he panicked. He appreciates he shouldn’t have done that.”
Bogie was given a 12-month community order and disqualified from driving for 12 months.
He was ordered to pay £150 in court costs and must undertake 150 hours’ unpaid work.
Judge Paul Sloan told him: “You failed to stop and drove on the wrong side of the road.
“You accelerated to speeds in excess of 60mph.
“Someone could have so easily been injured as a result of your driving that afternoon.”