AN ‘appalling’ driver clocked travelling at more than 120mph on a motorway crashed into a tree while trying to flee police.
But Jamie Simmons, 31, was spared jail after telling a judge at Portsmouth Crown Court he has ‘become a better person’.
A police officer pursued dangerous driver Simmons who failed to stop when told to do so at junction 11 of the M27 eastbound at Fareham in the early hours.
The officer had to travel at speeds of up to 135mph to keep up with Simmons, who was driving a Saab owned by a friend of his father’s which he had taken, the court heard.
Simmons then travelled at up to 60mph in a residential area before the car crashed into a tree in Stanley Road, Stamshaw.
The dad-of-three ran off but was found hiding in bushes in Stubbington Avenue in North End by police and a police dog.
On his arrest Simmons was found to have class B drug amphetamine on him.
An empty lager can in the Saab had his fingerprints on.
But he refused to take a breath test at Portsmouth Central police station following his arrest on September 1.
Addressing Judge Linda Sullivan, Simmons, who represented himself, said: ‘I have become a better person and a better father to my three wonderful children.’
He added: ‘Not only have I let myself down I have let my kids down, they are everything to me. I honestly feel sick within myself for my actions and if I had thought about what I was doing I would not be standing here today.’
Judge Sullivan said: ‘You behaved in an appalling manner in terms of driving.’
Simmons, of Livesay Gardens, Milton, Portsmouth, admitted failing to stop when requested to do so by a police officer, driving without insurance and failing to provide a breath specimen.
He also admitted dangerous driving and possessing a class B drug. A charge in relation to taking the Saab was withdrawn.
Simmons, who has convictions for 22 previous offences, was banned from driving for a year and sentenced to eight months in jail suspended for two years. He was told to pay £500 compensation and £240 costs and to do 180 hours of unpaid work.