A DRIVER who recklessly fled police was branded an idiot by a judge.
Recorder Simon Myerson made the comments as he sentenced Scott Howard for dangerous driving, having no licence, no insurance and no MoT.
And the judge ordered the 20-year-old to pay £1,000 in costs.
He said there was no reason why the public should have to stand the cost of his prosecution. Howard, of Marton Heights, Sowerby Bridge, had been driving a blue Vauxhall Tigra in Halifax at nearly midnight last August.
Police patrolling Commercial Street heard him revving the engine and driving towards them.
One of them stood in the road to try to get him to pull over but Howard drove around them and sped off to Aachen Way.
Police gave chase and eventually caught up with him when Howard lost control on a mini roundabout.
They boxed his car in as he tried to drive away. Bradford Crown Court heard Howard had been drinking and panicked when the officers stepped out in front of him.
He was breathalysed and was just under the alcohol limit.
Recorder Myerson said: “He has been an idiot. Fortunatley for you this could have been a lot worse – really catastrophic.
“This was a piece of idiocy but I am prepared to treat this as a one-off.”
He handed Howard a 12-month community order and ordered him to carry out 60 hours of unpaid work.
“This offence justifies a community penalty but that isn’t to minimise the worry and concern caused to police officers who are doing a public service that the public should be grateful to them for doing,” said the Recorder.
Howard will also pay £1,000 in costs after Recorder Myerson said there was no reason that the public should cover the costs of prosecution.
He was also disqualified from driving for 12 months.