Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

'Lunatic'driver's Tripofterror 'Lunatic'driver's Tripofterror

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

'Lunatic'driver's Tripofterror 'Lunatic'driver's Tripofterror

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Byline: Rob Kennedy Court Reporter

THIS is the moment a "lunatic" driver left his girlfriend seriously injured by crashing into a doctor's car during a highspeed police chase.

Ryan Varty, disqualified from the roads a few months earlier for drink driving, was over the limit and behind the wheel again when officers spotted him in North Shields.

A court heard Varty panicked and put his foot down in an effort to evade being caught.

The road menace reached speeds of up to 70mph on a 30mph route through North Shields town centre and did 80mph in a 40 zone.

Varty, who ignored the screams of his terrified girlfriend in the passenger seat pleading with him to stop, then crashed into a doctor's PS39,000 Jeep Wrangler after failing to stop at a red light at a junction, by the Gunner pub.

The forceful impact wrote off the Jeep and left Varty's partner, Samantha Counsell, unconscious and badly hurt, while the doctor's female passenger was also injured.

Mum-of-two Miss Counsell, 18, said Varty was driving "like an absolute lunatic" and told how she was petrified.

She said in a statement read to Newcastle Crown Court: "I was really scared and screamed at him several times asking him to stop the car and let me out, but he kept saying it was alright.

"Afterwards I was in a considerable amount of pain and couldn't breathe properly due to the pain in my chest.

"I felt absolutely devastated because I have two young children at home who were not able to visit me because of the state I was in because it would upset them too much."

Varty, banned in January for drink driving, was spotted by police behind the wheel of a Peugeot just before midnight on June 16 at East Chirton Green, in North Shields.

When officers tried to pull him over he made off, going through a red light at the junction of Spence Terrace and Coach Lane.

He hit 50mph in a 30 zone, turned on to Church Way, near West Percy Street, went on Upper Norfolk Street then through another red light on Albion Road.

Heading west, he did up to 65mph in a 30 zone and ran another red light while doing 45mph at the junction of Spence Terrace and Coach Lane. …

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