A dad-to-be stole a car and drove it at a police officer during a pursuit through the East Riding because…Oooh, wait!
*gets bag of popcorn*
… he "panicked" at the thought of parenthood.Well, of course he did…
Daniel Rutter, 21, took the Chrysler belonging to Mark Taylor, his mother's partner, from outside their home in Burton Agnes, near Bridlington.
A neighbour rang police after spotting the car being driven erratically at 2am.
Officers stopped Rutter, whose girlfriend had just revealed she was pregnant, in Great Barn Street, Bridlington.
Prosecutor James Byatt told Hull Crown Court: "The vehicle turned around and drove towards the police car.
"The officers got out. They believed the vehicle was stolen.
"The vehicle then drove towards the woman officer, who managed to jump out of the way in time."
Police gave chase and the Chrysler was seen to mount the kerb several times. Rutter, who was pursued through the centre of the town, also skipped a red light. Humberside Police's helicopter joined the chase as the car was driven along the A164 back to Burton Agnes.They never caught him, either..
When officers arrested Rutter at home he told them he had intended to drive to Flamborough, where he wanted to think about his predicament.Riiiiight! Still, if that’s all he’s ever done, it…
Days earlier, Rutter had been released on licence from prison after serving part of a three-year sentence for assault.Lovely!
Paul Norman, mitigating, said his client had been in shock on June 28 after being told his girlfriend's news.
He said: "He was genuinely shocked at the prospect of coping with a child.
"He had something to drink, but believed he was under the limit. In fact, he was not far off it.
"During the chase, Mr Rutter was indicating at relevant turnings.
"His actions were clearly dangerous and reckless."
Mr Norman asked the judge to take his client's early guilty pleas into account when sentencing him.Why should he? It’s clear he’s had a lot of practice at making them!
Judge Michael Mettyear said he also noted Rutter's long history of offending. He told him: "You have a miserable record of offending going back ten years for dishonesty, violence and public disorder.
"The court has tried in the past to help you, but it does not seem to be working.
"This was a bad offence of aggravated vehicle taking and it involved driving at a police officer.
"Only a custodial sentence can be justified."Thank God! Even if he will inevitably only serve half...