David Everton was given a chance to “put things right”
A dangerous driver doubled the speed limit, drove the wrong way round a roundabout and jumped a red light before crashing a car into a hedge.
David Everton, 29, led police on a high speed chase through the streets on Blackpool on April 11 2020.
But although Everton, of Wyreside Close, Garstang, has a string of previous convictions which include taking a vehicle without consent and failing to provide a roadside specimen, he was spared jail after a judge noted he had “changed his attitude” in the time since his arrest.
Preston Crown Court heard police were called to a domestic incident when it emerged Everton had fled in a VW Golf which did not belong to him.
He did not have a licence and was not insured to get behind the wheel.
Officers set out to find him and came upon the VW Golf at the junction of Talbot Road and Devonshire Road.
They recognised Everton and began to follow the vehicle- calling for backup in case there was a pursuit. The car turned onto Mansfield Road, where Everton accelerated to 40mph in a 30mph zone.
At this point, police turned on their lights and sirens to signal the driver to stop.
Instead of stopping, Everton accelerated to 60mph, doubling the speed limit in the residential area and driving with all four wheels on the wrong side of the road as he negotiated a bend.
He turned back onto Devonshire Road – overtaking vehicles at 60mph, before going the wrong way round a roundabout onto Warbreck Hill Road.
The chase continued through a red light with Everton overtaking cars at high speed before turning into Low Moor Road – a dead end with hedgerows either side. The police pulled up alongside the Volkswagen, but Everton put the car into reverse and hit a hedge.
Realising he had no escape, he left the vehicle and was arrested.
Everton pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, driving without a licence and driving without insurance. A pre-sentence report said he had made significant progress on a previous community order which showed a marked change in his attitude.
Judge Richard Gioserano said he had “personal experience of his attitude and aggression” and noted a previous judge had called him “obnoxious”.
But after reading the report he said: “I want him to see that this change in attitude is going to be recognised by the court. I am not going to send him to prison.”
He handed him an 18 month community order with a drug treatment requirement, saying: “I hope this is not just some flash in the pan progress because you were worried about today.
“I am hoping it is a genuine, long term effort by you to put things right. I genuinely hope you do it, not just for your sake but for the sake of your children and the general public. You are nearly 30. It is time for lasting change. It is up to you.”