Dangerous driver Elishma Medley led police on 17-minute chase on M5
DANGEROUS driver Elishma Medley swerved on and off the M5 and through red lights before crashing his car.
The 27-year-old was pulled over by police at Strensham Services near Junction 8.
But as officers in two police vehicles got out to speak to Medley on October 15, he reversed his Ford Transit van and fled.
Gloucester Crown Court heard the 17-minute chase took place from the services to junction 11.
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Medley, of Buttercup Lawn, Abbeydale, had a passenger with him and eventually crashed the van near an embankment and ran off.
Constabulary tracker dogs found him hiding after he had climbed a nearby 6ft fence.
Prosecutor Susan Cavender said Medley drove into the rear of a police car that was trying to stop him just before 1am.
He came on and off the motorway, jumped red lights at speeds of 90mph, swerved in front of a HGV and crossed on to the hard shoulder.
Charles Conway, in mitigation, said: "This clearly was a long piece of irresponsible driving, but it was at a quiet time of night."
Judge William Hart said Medley could face up to 10 months in prison after he admitted dangerous driving.
However, he deferred sentencing Medley for four months in order to give him a chance to stay out of trouble.
He said: "I am giving you a chance not because I am being soft on you, but I take the view prison is not going to rehabilitate you."