Man jailed for stealing friend's car

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Man jailed for stealing friend's car

A man who stole and crashed his friend's car after leading police on a high-speed chase has been jailed.

Mark Wilson, 26, of Rotherham, had been lodging at the friend's flat and had known him for over 10 years when the theft occurred, after he fell out with his partner in July this year.

He was convicted of stealing items including jewellery, a sat-nav, clothes and cash from the flat, and had taken the car in order to drive to Manchester to sell them.

On the way there Wilson was spotted by police travelling at 130mph on the M62. In the following pursuit, he rammed two traffic patrol cars and crashed the stolen vehicle.

Leeds Crown Court heard how the friend he had stolen the car from was one of few who had not turned their back on Wilson, who had recently lost his tenancy and access to his 19-month-old daughter.

Wilson pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicle taking, theft, failing to stop for police, driving without insurance and other than in accordance with a licence and failing to stop for police.

He was handed down concurrent prison sentences of 12 months, nine weeks and 14 days and ordered to pay a victim surcharge.

Passing the sentence, Recorder Sarah Todd said: "You had a difficulty in your personal life and turned to friends who were good enough to take you into their home and let you live there as a lodger but you repaid their kindness by stealing."

Source: Yorkshire Post