Teenage driver jailed following police chase in Birmingham

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              Speeding teenager with loaded gun jailed for three years

A teenage driver was caught on camera fleeing from police at high speed through residential streets in Birmingham.

The footage, recorded on a dashboard camera mounted to a police car, shows the 17-year-old tearing through narrow streets in the Maypole area of the city. Officers had spotted the vehicle acting suspiciously and tried to stop the car. However, the driver chose to speed away, leading police on a chase that reached speeds of more than 75mph.

Towards the end of the video, the driver – who cannot be named for legal reasons – loses control of the Ford Fiesta and spins near Brandwood End cemetery.

With the teenager arrested, police searched the car and discovered a handgun. It was later found to fire blanks but had been converted to use live ammunition.

The 17-year-old pleaded guilty at Birmingham Crown Court to possession of a firearm, possession of ammunition, dangerous driving, failing to stop and having no licence or insurance.

He was jailed for three years, as well as being disqualified from driving for two years.