A man who ran over and killed an eight-year-old boy in 2006 is back behind bars after racing through a residential area in a police chase.
Ashley Lindo reached up to 60mph as he drove along paths, blew out two tyres and pulled a handbrake turn.
The 24-year-old was jailed for 18 months at Teesside Crown Court after admitting dangerous driving, driving while disqualified and driving without insurance.
The court heard how Lindo pretended to stop for police in Middlesbrough but then sped off when an officer got out to speak to him.
The pursuit took place at 6.30pm on April 12 this year.
Prosecutor Sue Jacobs said he drove the Skoda Octavia up kerbs and between bollards and on a footpath behind a school.
When police blocked his path he mounted a kerb and blew out two tyres.
He was finally forced to ditch the car after they went completely flat, about a mile after the chase began. He ran off but was arrested soon after.
Lindo served half of a three-year sentence in a young offenders’ institution after he knocked down Daniel Conroy Curtin in a stolen Rover Metro in May 2006.
The prosecution in the latest case said: “It is clearly aggravated by his previous convictions, the time of day and the locations, as it involved residential streets in central Middlesbrough.”
The court also heard that Lindo had 11 convictions for 22 offences, including another dangerous driving offence three years after he killed the little boy.
Lindo’s defence lawyer, Gary Wood, said his client had “panicked” and added that his outlook on life had changed “dramatically” since becoming a father six weeks ago.