Drugged driver hit van carrying toddler as his car fell apart before rolling into garden
A MAN smashed his car into a van carrying a three-year-old child during a police chase.
Steven Watson-Weir, aged 37, drove over speed bumps so quickly that parts of the vehicle fell off, Plymouth Crown Court heard.
He crashed into a van containing the three-year-old and his BMW ended up rolling into a front garden.
Watson-Weir told police he had just taken some amphetamine before trying to escape from officers through residential streets in Southway on a Saturday afternoon.
Jailing him for 14 months, Judge Paul Darlow said: "This high-speed driving took place at a time and a place in the city when a number of pedestrians were exposed to unnecessary risk of serious injury.
"You have an appalling record for driving while disqualified and this was your third conviction for dangerous driving."
Watson-Weir, of Bodmin Road, Whitleigh, had earlier admitted dangerous driving, driving while disqualified and driving with no insurance.
The court heard he was jailed last year for offences including driving a tipper truck at police officers.
Victoria Hoyle, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said two police officers were on patrol in a marked car when they saw a BMW come towards them at the junction of Clittaford Road and Southway Drive just before 4pm on October 27.
She added the driver tried to hide his face but the officers recognised Watson-Weir.
Miss Hoyle said the BMW accelerated away into Clittaford Road and the police car activated its sirens and blue lights.
She added: "The police car was doing 55mph but it was losing ground on the BMW."
The court heard the speed limit was only 30mph and the road had speed bumps.
Miss Hoyle said as the BMW travelled over the bumps, parts became detached and fell into the road.
She added he crashed into a Citroen van which contained a three-year-old child, but instead of stopping drove off at speed.
Miss Hoyle said Watson-Weir turned off into Lulworth Drive before crashing into a parked car in Beverston Way.
She added the BMW hit the kerb on the wrong side of the road and span through 180 degrees.
Miss Hoyle said Watson-Weir abandoned the vehicle and tried to run away, but was arrested.
She added: "The car rolled forward, hit another parked vehicle and ended up in someone's front garden."
Nick Lewin, for Watson-Weir, said he "panicked" when he was spotted by police behind the wheel while banned.
He urged the judge not to send him to jail but impose an order to tackle his drug use.
Mr Lewin said: "He has been a prisoner of drugs and he does not want to be on drugs. But he cannot do it on his own.
"Prison will cause him no pain, discomfort or difficulty. Without some meaningful order he will come back before the courts again."
Watson-Weir was also banned from driving for two and a half years.