18 year old learner driver fled the police at 80mph through Boldon Colliery

An 18 year old learner driver is facing a jail term as he fled the police on an 80mph chase through Boldon Colliery to Shields and Jarrow.

Mckenzie Ridley, 18, of Hill Park Road, attempted to stick to the highway code despite the pursuit and used his indicators.

He was warned he faces at least 36 weeks behind bars for his dangerous motoring antics.

Ridley jumped red lights and took a roundabout the wrong way as he powered a pal’s Mercedes A150 from Boldon Colliery to Jarrow via South Shields.

Footage played to borough magistrates captured his vehicle as it zoomed east along New Road, Boldon Colliery, before it turned left towards Whiteleas.

A speedometer in the police car hit 80mph on the 30mph A1298 Benton Road and Ridley then jumped a red light as he turned right at the junction with Galsworthy Road.

He then reached over 60mph on Nevinson Avenue and around the same as he drove on King George Road, towards South Shields town centre.

Ridley turned left onto the 40mph John Reid Road dual carriageway, where he clocked about 84mph, and then swung west under the A19 and onto the A194 Leam Lane.

The offender indicated left as he swung off and onto Calf Close Lane, Hedworth estate, Jarrow, going the wrong way around a roundabout and hitting around 60mph, again in a 30mph zone.

Moments later, he came to a stop in Chester Way, Fellgate, where two passengers fled the vehicle and he was arrested, prosecutor Gurjot Kaur said.

She added: “It was excessive speed in residential streets, it was two to three times the speed limit. It’s a starting point of 36 weeks custody.”

Ridley, who has no previous convictions or cautions, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, driving without a licence and driving without insurance.

David Forrester, defending, said the student had taken the keys to a car bought by a friend, adding: “Police have come across the vehicle.

“He dug himself deeper and deeper. He didn’t want to be pulled over by the police and let him mum down. He was worried about doing something silly.

“This was five days after his 18th birthday. He’s lucky he doesn’t face more serious charges, there weren’t many vehicles on the roads.”

Magistrates imposed an interim driving ban and granted Ridley unconditional bail to be sentenced at Newcastle Crown Court on Friday, April 26.

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