Driver threatened to stab officers

A HOMELESS 21-year-old who threatened to stab a police officer with a screwdriver at the end of a high-speed pursuit has been jailed for 16 months.

Banned driver Ashley Prentice claimed he drove off in panic when officers spotted him in a stolen Vauxhall Corsa in Halifax town centre five months ago, but Bradford Crown Court heard how he was then involved in an early hours police pursuit through residential streets.

Prentice, who was uninsured and twice the drink-drive limit at the time, went through red lights, drove on the wrong side of the road and reached speeds of 60mph before eventually colliding with a police car.

He pleaded guilty to a series of offences including aggravated vehicle taking, driving while disqualified, threatening behaviour, driving while over the limit and driving without insurance.

Prentice also asked for further offences of vehicle interference and theft from a vehicle to be taken into consideration.

Judge Peter Benson said Prentice had a dreadful record of offending and his driving on the night of the offences had been irresponsible. He also banned Prentice from driving again for three years.