Houghton man previously jailed for delivery van theft fled police on high speed chase down Chester Road, jumping red lights

A Houghton man who left a delivery man unconscious and injured while stealing his van is back behind bars for driving dangerously during a police chase on Chester Road.

Anthony Newall was locked up for more than five years in 2020 for leaving the DPD driver seriously hurt when he jumped on the bonnet to try to stop him pinching his van in Northumberland. It happened days before Christmas 2019 when the driver was on his route in Newbiggin-by-the-Sea and got out of his Citroen Berlingo to drop off a parcel at a home.

Newall and Adam Gray were waiting nearby and when the driver exited his van, Newall jumped in the driver’s seat – taking off at high speed with Gray in their own vehicle following nearby. The delivery driver tried to halt the van, jumping on the bonnet of the Berlingo in a bid to stop the thieves.

Newall then drove down the street with the victim on the bonnet before he fell off, striking his head on the curb as he hit the ground. He drove off, leaving the driver bleeding and unconscious on the street.

The delivery driver was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries where he had to be placed in a medically induced coma. Newall was jailed for 64 months for causing serious injury by dangerous driving and robbery.

Following his release from that sentence, and while still banned from the roads, police spotted a silver van which was linked to a wanted man on Chester Road, Sunderland, on April 6 this year.

Newall was driving it and when officers tried to pull over the van by activating their blue lights, he accelerated away, ran two sets of red lights and reached 55mph in a 30 zone, refusing to stop. He drove onto the wrong side of the road into oncoming traffic before stopping and trying to run off, but he was detained.

Newall, 36, of Sunderland Street, Houghton, who has 30 previous convictions, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, driving while disqualified and driving without insurance. He was jailed for 16 months and banned from driving for 32 months but has also been recalled to prison to serve the remainder of the 64 months he got in 2020 and the 16 months will run alongside that, rather than adding to it.

Recorder Christopher Rose told him: “The real punishment you will receive for this latest offence lies in the fact it has resulted in you being recalled to prison and that you are going to remain in custody for a significant period of time.

“You don’t need me to tell you that you should not have been anywhere near a vehicle. You are a man with the most appalling previous record for driving offences. You have been disqualified from driving on multiple occasions and on multiple occasions that didn’t deter you and you have driven while disqualified.

“Frankly, Mr Newall, on your release you are never to go near a vehicle.”

Sophie Allinson-Howells, defending, acknowledged Newall has an “appalling driving record”.

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