Barking mad! Driver caught speeding at 145mph with dog on his lap

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A driver was jailed for 14 months and banned from driving for five years after he led police on a chase at speeds of up to 145mph - If that wasn't bad enough – he had his pet dog on his lap.

Alan Richardson, 45, claimed he went searching for his Tibetan terrier, which had managed to wriggle out of a bay window and escape from his home.

The HGV driver and mechanic got into his Audi A3 while over the alcohol limit to find the unruly animal.

He found the runaway canine but was approached by a marked police car.

He fled the scene and the pursuit lasted about 20 minutes before he was caught. No one was hurt.

According to the Northern Echo, the driver sped in built-up areas, drove on the wrong side of the road and the wrong way around a roundabout.

Richardson, of Lindisfarne Avenue, Stockton, admitted to dangerous driving and drink driving, Teesside Crown Court heard.

When two people approached his car for a light, he was worried he might be "carjacked or robbed" and shot off in a panic.

Judge Simon Bourne-Arton QC, the Recorder of Middlesbrough, told Richardson: "This is as bad a piece of dangerous driving as I've come across.

"What you did was drive in an exceedingly dangerous fashion over a prolonged period and over a prolonged distance.

"You knew you had too much to drink. Looking for a dog is no excuse for you getting into a car in that condition.

"Very soon after the pursuit started you were aware you were being pursued by a police car, and you could and should have stopped.

"You exposed members of the public to serious risk, if not death."

He took into account Richardson's previous good character, hard work, loving relationship, financial and health problems.