Staffordshire Police have released some dashcam/NPAS footage of a high-speed 40-minute pursuit that happened on 19th April last year (scroll down for video).
Plain clothed officers spotted Ethan Vernall, 30, as he sped along in his blue VW golf.
When officers tried to stop Vernall, he sped off and led them on a pursuit that lasted over 40 minutes.
Officers did not know it at the time, but the father-of-four had taken a concoction of cocaine and alcohol before getting behind the wheel.
At one point during the chase, officers terminated the high-speed pursuit when Vernall put the lives of other motorists at risk when he drove the wrong way on the A50.
Officers would later find £3,000 in cash in the vehicle, along with a large quantity of drugs.
As well as drug-driving, Vernall was charged with failing to stop for the police, driving whilst disqualified and other ‘related offences’.
When Vernall’s vehicle crashed, both he and the passenger made a run for it, but the passenger exited the vehicle as the front passenger door swung open and hit another parked car, trapping him between the two vehicles.
Sentencing Vernall to 14 months in prison, Judge Paul Glenn said:
“It is a matter of sheer good fortune that no-one was seriously injured or even killed.
“You are said to be ashamed and so you should be”.
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