Danger Doncaster driver leads cops on high-speed chase

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A woman who has never held a driving licence led police on a high-speed chase through a South Yorkshire village.

Samantha Ferguson, aged 23, who was convicted of aggravated vehicle taking aged 14, drove at double the speed limit and on the wrong side of the road in Rossington with police in hot pursuit, a court heard.

Ferguson drove her Ford at 40mph in a 20mph zone, 60mph in a 30mph zone and swerved a police van trying to block her.

She continued on the wrong side of the road and went the wrong way around a roundabout before other police vehicles joined the chase.

“At this point she simply gave up,” said Ian West, prosecuting at Sheffield Crown Court.

She has 57 criminal convictions mostly for anti-social behaviour and violence but was convicted of taking her father’s car in 2006 and failing to stop four years ago.

Ferguson, of Radburn Road, New Rossington, Doncaster, admitted dangerous driving, failing to stop and having no licence or insurance on October 5.

Tim Savage, defending, said Ferguson had ‘quietened down’ since her youth and had kept out of trouble for two years.

Judge Sarah Wright branded the act ‘dangerous’ and handed Ferguson a 12-month community order, a three-month tagged curfew, probation supervision and ordered her to attend an activity programme for restorative justice for the dangerous driving offence.

She was banned from driving for 12 months and given a 12 month conditional discharge for the other three offences.