Mansfield man Daniel Cooke jailed after admitting dangerous driving

A persistent banned driver was involved in a high speed chase after asking for a test drive in a car the owner had advertised for sale.

Daniel Cooke (26), of Newark Close, Mansfield, was jailed for 15 months on Friday.

He admitted dangerous driving and it was the 13th time he had been convicted of driving while disqualified, Nottingham Crown Court was told.

The owner of the Ford had arranged to meet Cooke and take him for a test run.

They parked in Mansfield and Cooke asked to sit in the driver’s seat, said Gareth Gimson, prosecuting. Cooke drove off and about five hours later at 1.30am police spotted him with two female passengers.

As he was approached Cooke ‘put his foot down’ and for quarter of an hour was pursued from Rainworth to Eakring.

He reached 60-70mph on a residential estate, the court was told. He crossed numerous junctions without slowing down and went the wrong way round a roundabout.

On the A617 he accelerated to about 80mph, later went through a red light and finally came to a halt on Eakring Road.

The police vehicle had been sounding its siren and had its blue light flashing. A police helcopter captured the pursuit on CCTV.

It was Cooke’s fifth conviction for taking a car. He asked for 10 other offences to be considered, including taking vehicles and stealing from cars.

In mitigation, it was said he had debts and had been using amphetamine and cannabis. He had panicked when he saw the police.

Judge Joan Butler banned him for a further three years and told him: “This was 16 minutes of appalling driving at high speed.”