Reckless driver who led police on 100mph car chase foiled by McDonald's wrappers

Dashcam footage of the police chase from where John Jamieson fled. (SWNS)

A driver who led police on a 100mph car chase before escaping on foot was foiled by a McDonald’s food wrapper.

John Jamieson, 29, was chased for miles by traffic police at high speed on the A189 near Annitsford, North Tyneside, on June 17.

The pursuit only came to an end when Jamieson mounted a roundabout near Woodhorn Village before crashing off the road.

Jamieson fled the scene, leaving three passengers in his car.

He initially evaded officers, but minutes later tried to cover up his crimes by calling 999 and pretending that his car had been stolen from his driveway.

He told a 999 operator: “Hello, I’ve just went up to my house and I’ve noticed that the car has been taken off the drive.

“I’ve just woke up this morning and my jacket has been in the car, my two phones are in the car, my car keys are missing, the car is off the drive and the house keys are missing.”


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But he was nailed when police found McDonald’s wrappers in the car and CCTV confirmed he had been at the Drive-Thru after he claimed his car was taken.

Further enquiries found mobile phone footage of Jamieson behind the wheel and driving at high speeds.

He was arrested convicted of perverting the course of justice, dangerous driving, no insurance, failing to stop for police and failing to stop after an accident.

Jamieson was jailed for ten months and banned from driving for 45 months. (SWNS)

Jamieson, of Red Row, Morpeth, Northumberland, was jailed for ten months and banned from driving for 45 months at Newcastle Crown Court.

Detective Sergeant Jonny Pallace, of Northumbria Police, said: “This was a great effort by multiple teams, we had officers from different departments working together to gather intelligence and bring in the suspect.

“Jamieson was driving recklessly on the roads during rush hour and this could have easily ended in tragedy.

“Driving dangerously will not be tolerated and this shows the lengths officers will go to take offenders off the streets and keep roads safe.

“I hope he enjoyed his McDonald’s because I don’t think they deliver to prison.”

John Jamieson at the McDonalds drive-thru after the time he claimed the car had been stolen. (SWNS)

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