Driver who led police on high-speed chase through Scunthorpe is jailed
A driver who hurtled through streets at high speed while being chased by police later tried to "hoodwink" a jury into believing that someone else was driving, a court heard.
Matthew Krebbs sped through traffic lights, swerved through roundabouts the wrong way and crashed his car into another vehicle, the court was told.
It was a "miracle" and only "by the grace of God" that those in the other car were not seriously injured.
Krebbs, 26, formerly of Station Road, Keadby, denied dangerous driving on April 25 but was convicted by a jury after a trial.
James Byatt, prosecuting, told Hull Crown Court that police chased Krebbs as he sped in his Vauxhall Vectra from Berkeley Circle, Scunthorpe, along Doncaster Road, past Brittania Corner, left into Frances Street, right to West Street, through Wells Street and Crosby Road, through Glebe Road roundabout and on to Brigg Road.
He clipped a post box in the town centre and crashed into another car that was turning at the junction of Brigg Road and Rowland Road. Both cars were seriously damaged in the accident, after 10.35pm.
Krebbs pretended during the trial that he was a back seat passenger in his car and was not driving because of a knee injury.
He blamed Marcus Smith for driving the car, even though the police spotted what they believed was Krebbs leaving the car through the driver's door.
He had bought the car only three weeks earlier.
Krebbs claimed that when Mr Smith saw the police flashing blue lights, he would not stop the car because he "was wanted by the police".
The real back seat passenger of the car, Adam Glover, was found two hours later, hiding in the boot, after suffering an injury in the crash. Mr Smith was thought to have escaped from the passenger door, said Mr Byatt.
The court heard that Krebbs had a string of previous convictions, including two for aggravated vehicle taking, involving dangerous driving, in September 2003 and April 2006.
Howard Shaw, mitigating after the verdict, said nobody was injured in the other vehicle but this was only "by the grace of God". Krebbs worked as a carpet fitter for a Scunthorpe shop and as an engineer on the railways in the evenings.
Judge Michael Mettyear told Krebbs: "You are completely oblivious to orders of the court as far as driving is concerned.
"You are going to end up killing somebody on the roads.
"It really is a miracle that nobody was injured.
"You thought you could hoodwink a jury into thinking somebody else was the driver when you knew all along that you were the driver."
Krebbs, recently living in Doncaster, was jailed for 15 months and was banned from driving for two years. He must also pass an extended retest.