WATCH: Police release astonishing footage of high speed chase with criminal

The driver drove at three times the legal speed limit

Police have released astonishing footage of a high-speed car chase as they caught a disqualified driver.

Connor Riddell drove at nearly three times the legal speed limit and went the wrong way around the roundabout as he was chased by police near Sunderland in November 2020.

He also hit speeds of 85 mph in a 30 mph zone.

The 23-year-old was spotted behind the wheel of a Range Rover heading down the A690 by officers in November 2020.

When instructed to pull over, Riddell accelerated and drove on the wrong side of the road in an attempt to escape arrest.

Trained motor patrol officers deployed a stinger device that popped Riddell’s tyres and brought his antics to an abrupt stop.

While on bail for that offence, Riddell drove on two further occasions – and officers also discovered a picture that was posted on Facebook showing him and another man posing with a stolen £20,000 Jaguar.

On Monday, January 24 Riddell, of Kell Crescent, Sherburn, Durham, pleaded guilty to a string of offences including three counts of dangerous driving, five counts of driving whilst disqualified and handling stolen goods at Newcastle Crown Court.

Riddell has now been sentenced

He was jailed for two years and eight months and banned from the roads for a further four years and four months.

Detective Constable Chris Sengelow, of Northumbria Police, said: “Riddell has shown a total disregard for the law and has proven he cannot be trusted to be behind the wheel of a car.

“I am delighted that the severity of his widespread offending has been reflected in this custodial sentence.

“The manner of his driving was absolutely appalling and his decisions could so easily have resulted in a fatality. It is sheer luck that nobody was injured.

“We will continue to do everything we can to ensure anybody who selfishly endangers the lives of others is brought to justice.”

Riddell admitted three counts of dangerous driving, five counts of driving whilst disqualified, handling stolen goods, possession of a Class B drug, driving with a specified drug above the limit and taking a conveyance without authority.