WATCH: Van driver jailed after A55 police chase

North Wales Police

A judge has told a van driver he could have been killed during a police chase.

Sam White from Rhos Isaf was jailed for a year after he admitted dangerous driving and failing to stop for a police officer last June.

The 23 year-old was also caught possessing cannabis after his vehicle was stopped by a stinger.

Caernarfon Crown Court heard White, accompanied by a passenger, was flagged down by road traffic officers when he was spotted on the A55 near Llanfairfechan at just before 10pm on a Saturday night. But as they approached him at a layby, he sped off.

Prosecutors said other motorists had to take evasive action as White drove into the path of oncoming vehicles.

WATCH: Dashcam footage of the police chase – courtesy of North Wales Police

Two more police cars joined the chase at Llandegai and followed White as he reached Anglesey before leaving the A55, overtaking vehicles on solid white lines, blind bends and hill crests while driving at up to 60mph.

The stinger was deployed on the A5025 at Dulas, but the van sped on until it finally came to a stop at Penysarn, near Amlwch.

The defence said White, an electrical engineer, admitted he had no excuses for his behaviour and claimed ‘things got out of hand’ that evening.

A plea for an suspended sentence was rejected by the judge, who told White it was a ”prolonged and serious case of selfish driving”.

After sentencing on Friday, North Wales Police said it was only by good fortune that no one was seriously injured during ”an appalling act of dangerous driving”.

Sergeant Meurig Jones from the Roads Policing Unit added: ”It is worrying that some motorists feel they can behave in a totally reckless manner when they take to the roads.”

”The pursuit happened over many miles where White drove dangerously and at speed, overtaking on solid white lines causing other vehicles to take evasive action. He not only risked his own life, but also risked the lives of others that night.”

”This case should serve as a warning to anyone who thinks it’s OK to flout motoring laws. Those who do should know that we will bring them before the courts”.

White was banned from driving for two years and must undergo an extended driving test.

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