MAGISTRATES were shown a dramatic film taken from a camera inside a police car of a teenager trying to shake off officers during a pursuit.
Ryan James Nicholas, 18, reached speeds of 70mph in his Citroen Saxo as he drove from Queensferry through Shotton and Connah’s Quay before he lost control.
The car careered up a bank and overturned.
Police officers ran to the wreckage of the vehicle to check his welfare and were able to help him out, prosecutor Matthew Ellis told Flintshire Magistrates’ Court.
Nicholas, of Tennyson Walk in Blacon, Chester, admitted dangerous driving and no insurance following the incident in Kelsterton Road in the early hours of April 3.
He was banned from driving for two years and ordered to take an extended driving test.
Nicholas was played on a community order with 12 months supervision and he was sent on a thinking skills course run by the probation service.
Magistrates, who described his driving as appalling, fined him £120 for having no insurance and ordered him to pay £165 costs.
Mark Evans, defending, said his client was disgusted with himself and appreciated what could have happened.
He drove off in panic because his car was not insured and described himself as being on auto-pilot.
His case was a lesson in how to make something that was bad so much worse, Mr Evans said.
Police followed Nicholas, they then put on their blue lights and a very short time afterwards he lost control.
Nicholas wanted to say how grateful he was to the police officers who had been “absolutely fantastic” with him.
He had a difficult background. His father had committed a well-known offence in the Chester area some years ago and that was the start of his problems. But he had made positive changes to his lifestyle and it was refreshing that he was not seeking to make excuses but accepted full responsibility.