Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Parents Attacked by Drunk Son before Police Car Chase

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Parents Attacked by Drunk Son before Police Car Chase

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ADRUNK son assaulted his parents, took their car then led police on a dangerous pursuit through a Northumberland town.

Daniel Brooks drove "towards officers" and sped through built-up areas in Newbiggin-by-the-Sea during the chase, which happened in front of shocked residents on Saturday evening, prosecutors said.

The 24-year-old, who had been out drinking with his brother and friends during the day, first assaulted his parents before helping himself to the keys to their Toyota Yaris and driving off.

The police were called and a pursuit through the Northumberland town ensued, which involved Brooks travelling at excessive speeds and "driving towards officers" in his bid to escape, a court was told.

Northumbria Police's helicopter was launched before the chase came to a dramatic end when Brooks crashed the car into a wall.

Now, Brooks, formerly of King George Road but now living at Oswald Road, both in Newbiggin-by-the-Sea, is facing a spell behind bars after he pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, two counts of assault by beating, taking a motor vehicle without the owner's consent, drink driving and driving without a licence or insurance.

Laura Croft, prosecuting at South East Northumberland Magistrates' Court, said Brooks turned up at his parents' house near Collingwood Road on Saturday, August 18, and assaulted both of them.

He then took the keys to their car and drove off.

"His parents are the victims in part of this case," Miss Croft told the court. "The Crown would say this case should go to the crown court.

"It's a situation that goes on for a long period of time and there's a police pursuit, during which the defendant is speeding.

"He's driven towards the police and driven in built-up areas. It's excessive speed. It happened over a long period of time and placed people at risk of serious physical harm. …

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