A dangerous driver who left his injured son and partner in a car after he flipped it onto its roof during a high-speed police chase, has been jailed.
Derby Crown Court heard how Liam Swinfield collided with four other vehicles during his bid to escape police in Long Eaton, Debyshire.
The 25-year-old, who was unlicensed and uninsured, mounted a pavement, took a roundabout the wrong way and then hit the last car, flipping his Vauxhall Corsa.
Derby Crown Court heard how Liam Swinfield collided with four other vehicles during his bid to escape pursuing police in Long Eaton, Debyshire (Picture: BPM)Telling his partner that he had to go, he left her and their son, one, in the upturned vehicle before jumping into a nearby canal.
But realising he couldn’t swim, Swinfield then begged a police officer to pull him from the water.
Identity of child killer Jon Venables is ‘common knowledge’, victim’s dad saysThe officer in question was holding Swinfield’s baby at the time, having removed the child from the upturned vehicle.
He was arrested, charged and pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, failing to stop following an accident and to driving without insurance or a valid licence.
Jailing him for 18 months, Recorder Simon King said: ‘This was as dangerous as it is possible to get without it resulting in death or serious injury not only to your partner and son but to other road users.
‘The horrible irony is that the two people who suffered the most serious injuries, although thankfully they were not too serious, were your partner and young son who you left abandoned in the car which you flipped.
Swinford collided with four cars before his Corsa flipped on to its roof – then he fled the scene and jumped into a canal (Picture: BPM)‘The maximum sentence I can give you is two years and I am obliged to give you 25 per cent credit for your guilty plea.
‘Be assured that if there was a more serious punishment available to me I would have no hesitation to handing it to you.’
Wildfires destroy part of Winnie the Pooh’s ‘Hundred Acre Wood’ as UK temperatures riseSarah Slater, prosecuting, played CCTV footage of part of the chase to the Court.
It showed officers begin to follow Swinfield before he accelerates into another road, reaching more than 50mph in a 30mph zone.
Swinfield then speeds down six roads where he collides with the final vehicle and ends up on the roof.
Schoolboy ‘stabbed’ in attack outside busy Tube stationMiss Slater said: ‘In a statement, his partner said she was asking him to stop and he was telling her it would be okay.
‘She said she remembers being in the car with it on the roof and with their child in a seat in the back.
‘She said he said to her ‘I have got to go’ and left her and the baby in the car which, by now, was smoking.’
The incident happened at 2.15pm on Saturday, January 12.
The partner and child were taken to the Queen’s Medical Centre following the crash which saw them both receive black eyes and bruising.
Christopher Brewin, for Swinfield, said: ‘He does appreciate how serious this is and he’s ashamed of his conduct.’
As well as the jail term, Recorder King handed Swinfield a two-year driving ban.