A Padworth man who led police on a chase through Thatcham which saw him crash into a road sign and traffic island has been jailed for 54 weeks.
Phillip Ruta, of Fallows Road, pleased guilty to one count of dangerous driving following the late morning chase on the streets of Thatcham on March 5 last year.
The 26-year-old had failed to stop his black Audi A3 for police at around 11.45am, leading to a pursuit along Victor Road, Park Avenue, the A4 and The Moors.
It was at The Moors where Ruta mounted the pavement and collided with a road sign, but he continued and shortly afterwards crashed into a traffic island.
Ruta eventually stopped the car in Kestrel Close and was arrested. He was charged on August 11 last year.
At Reading Crown Court earlier this month Ruta was jailed for 54 weeks, disqualified from driving for three years and 27 weeks, and ordered to take an extended retest if he wishes to obtain a new license at the end of his disqualification.
He had also pleaded guilty to one count of failing to provide a specimen for analysis.
Investigating officer PC Nick Easener, based at Newbury police station, said: “This case was almost certainly one of the worst examples of dangerous driving I have ever dealt with in a very long and varied career.
“The standard of driving displayed by Ruta was absolutely abysmal and showed a complete disregard for the safety of all other road users.
“It was pure luck that nobody was seriously injured or major damage caused.
“I believe that the sentence issued by the court highlights just how dangerous the manner of Ruta’s driving was and how little respect he showed for anybody else.”