TV show date for 'bad lad' dangerous driver

A TEENAGER who tore through Liversedge and Cleckheaton before driving the wrong way down a motorway is to appear in the TV reality show Bad Lads Army, a court heard.

Patrick Doran, 18, of Howard Street, Bradford, appeared at Leeds Crown Court charged with aggravated vehicle taking and two counts of dangerous driving after he led a breakneck police chase along the A62.

The court heard how he ran red lights and drove on the wrong side of Huddersfield Road, reaching up to 100mph in a 40mph zone.

He also switched off the lights of the stolen Peugeot hatchback as he tried to shake off his pursuers in the early hours of January 29.

Police abandoned the chase after he joined the westbound carriageway of the M62 at Chain Bar, driving in the wrong direction towards Leeds, before turning off at Gildersome.

Michael Smith, prosecuting, told the court Doran then crashed after hitting a pothole.

Doran and his three passengers walked away from the collision unscathed, but he was later arrested, having been recognised during the chase.

Doran admitted the charges, and also driving while disqualified, having been on bail for an similar incident in December.

Emma Downing, in mitigation, said he was now a changed person. He was taking education classes while in custody, was working as a cleaner on his wing, and was one of only 12 people in the country to be picked to take part in reality TV show Bad Lads Army which involved gruelling army-type training.

He was also now married, and his wife had told him the marriage would not continue if he reoffended.

He was sentenced last Thursday to two years at a young offenders' institution and disqualified from driving for three years.