A MOTORIST who fled from police at speeds of up to 90mph has been jailed for two-and-a-half years after a court heard it was his sixth dangerous driving conviction.

Jerry Berry raced down country roads despite being signalled to stop by officers after they followed him off the A483.

He drove on the wrong side of road and reached a speed of 85mph as he flew through Lower Kinnerton.

As well as the driving offence Berry also faced Mold Crown Court to be sentenced for an attempted burglary at a house in Coedpoeth where he was caught out when a neighbour’s CCTV showed him pacing around wearing gloves, despite it being the height of summer.

Of his police chase in June last year, Judge Rhys Rowlands said: “This was deliberate risk taking to get away from the police, no doubt because you had no driving licence or insurance to cover you.

“You drove over five miles at grossly excessive speeds and went on the wrong side of the road.

"There was little by the way of road users at the time, but there was potential for serious harm.

“It is your sixth conviction for driving dangerously.”

Prosecuting barrister Simon Rogers said that Berry drove in an “erratic manner” off the dual carriageway and police pursued him as he strayed onto the wrong side of the road.

Such were the speeds he reached that officers were forced to call off their chase.

The court heard that the following month Berry was caught staking out a property in Bryn Siriol in Coedpoeth. The householder Robert Jones had woken to a noise and spotted a shadow on his curtain.

When he examined his neighbour’s CCTV Berry could be seen checking over a BMW car in the drive and trying to open a door to the property.

“He was clad in gloves and it looked like he was trying to burgle the house,” said Mr Rogers.

Berry was arrested later hiding behind a sofa at a property in Argoed in Brymbo.

Berry, 32, of Alnwick Drive, Stanney Grange, Ellesmere Port admitted dangerous driving on June 26 last year and attempted burglary on July 7 last year.

The court was told that Berry was a serving prisoner and he appeared by video link from HM Altcourse Prison in Liverpool to be sentenced.

Defence barrister Phil Tully said: “The aggravating feature was his excess speed, failure to stop and his vehicle did travel on the wrong side of the road, but it is an important feature of this driving that during its period there were no other road users who were put at risk.

“He was not overtaking vehicles in built-up areas.”

And Mr Tully added: “The attempted burglary was unsophisticated.

"Nothing was stolen and there was no damage.”

As well as the uplift to his current custodial sentence Berry was banned from the road for 39 months.