Dangerous driver was tracked by police dog after hiding in empty bus

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A dangerous driver was tracked down by a police dog after dumping his car and hiding in an empty bus.

Mohamed Mansaray abandoned his Ford Fiesta after speeding through Sutton-in-Ashfield.

He headed for a bus depot and hid there - but was sniffed out by a sharp-nosed four-legged canine.

Nottingham Crown Court heard on Tuesday, September 5, police wanted to speak to him after he was spotted using his mobile phone at the wheel in the uninsured car.

Nottingham Crown Court

Nottingham Crown Court

But instead of stopping when they indicated him to, Mansaray drove off - hitting 60mph in a 30mph zone, and overtaking on a bend after 9.15pm on June 1.

Now he hopes to go on the straight and narrow and study biochemistry.

As he was sentenced for dangerous driving, Recorder William Harbage QC told him in the dock: "This was very bad driving".

Handing him four months in youth custody, suspended for two years, he commented: "You drove off at speed. Clearly you knew you were required to stop by the police and they wanted to speak to you.

"You drove at an excessive speed in a residential area. You were going up to 60mph in a 30mph limit.

"You were detained by the police dog".

The judge watched police dash camera footage of the mile-long chase. He said Mansaray put road users, police, himself and two passengers at risk.

"There was no accident, no one was hurt, by good fortune than anything else".

The judge gave Mansaray, 19, of Walworth Place, Southwark, South London, 150 hours of unpaid work.

And he ordered he attend a 'thinking skills programme', eight days of a rehabilitation activity requirement, and be subject to a 12-month driving ban.

Solicitor-advocate Felicity Campbell said the driving was a short distance and duration.

"No one was hurt," she stressed. "There were no collisions. He made off on foot".

Mansaray, who pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, has previous convictions for robbery and shoplifting.

Miss Campbell said "a flurry of dishonesty offences" led to his imprisonment in August this year and it "had a real impact on him".

He has been serving his sentence away from his family and found the whole process difficult and unpleasant, she explained.

"He comes from a supportive family," she added. "He lives with his mother and older sister. His sister helped him complete an application for university to study biochemistry. He has applied to Leicester University and is hopeful he can complete a biochemistry degree.

"He sees his criminal behaviour comes from hanging around with the wrong people. His past has caught up with him".