Drunken OAP led police on high-speed chase through Yorkshire

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An intoxicated OAP led police on a wild chase through country villages in North Yorkshire, reaching speeds of 80mph, a court was told.

Police first spotted Brian Seals dangerously overtaking steadily moving traffic in Brompton on July 21 shortly after 4pm.

After being forced to slow to a halt behind stopped traffic the 82-year-old swerved to overtake the queuing cars, triggering a five-mile police chase through the neighbouring villages of Wykeham and West Ayton.

Footage from the patrol car's dashcam shows Seals' Toyota Aygo travelling at 70mph in a 30mph zone and 80mph in a 40mph zone. He was also seen overtaking on bends, speeding between through two lines of traffic and swerving violently to avoid oncoming vehicles.

More traffic in West Ayton forced the pensioner to admit defeat, and he pulled into a layby where he was confronted by the police officer and angry motorists.

When asked by the officer for an explanation for his driving, Seals of Scarborough, North Yorkshire, replied: 'I think I'm having a bit of a freak in my head.'

A roadside breath test showed that he had 45mcg of alcohol in 100ml of breath – the legal limit is 35mcg – and Seals was arrested and charged with dangerous driving and driving with excess alcohol.

Appearing at York Crown Court, he admitted the charges and was handed a six-month suspended jail term and two-year driving ban.

Sentencing him, Judge Neil Davey QC said Seals had shown a brazen disregard for the safety of other road users and had put their lives 'at considerable risk'.

However, the judge said Seals' lack of previous convictions, his early guilty pleas and his age had spared him an immediate jail sentence.

In mitigation David Camidge told the court Seals understood that the consequences of his driving 'could have been a lot worse', adding: 'He won't be driving again.'