A MOTORCYCLIST who forced other drivers to take avoiding action as he tried to escape from the police has been jailed after he crashed into a parked car.

Kieran Allison ended up jammed between the damaged vehicle and the pursuing police car after the five minute chase through Exeter and the fringes of Whitestone and Nadderwater.

The police tried to stop him because they were suspicious about the way he was riding the bike and checks showed that he was a banned driver who had no insurance.

He was also wanted for a string of thefts in which he had driven away from petrol stations without paying.

He laughed when police showed him the dashcam footage of the pursuit in an interview in which he otherwise made no comment.

Allison, aged 22, formerly of Blackhorse, East Devon, but now of no fixed address, admitted dangerous driving, disqualified driving and three counts of bilking and was jailed for 15 months and banned from driving for 18 months by Judge Stephen Climie at Exeter Crown Court.

He told him that he should give up crime because he has just learned that his partner is pregnant.

The judge said: “You will have responsibilities for your own family. You will need to set an example and be a father to that child at home, not a criminal.”

Miss Lisa Denley, prosecuting, said Allison left the Morrisons filling station in Whipton, Exeter, twice without paying for a total of £83 worth of petrol in August last year and once at a forecourt in Torquay where he had put £42 of fuel in a BMW.

Police spotted him driving a motorcycle on Exwick Road, Exeter, at 8.30pm on December 15 last year and he rode off at speed when they tried to stop him.

Miss Denley said: “He contravened ‘Keep Left’ signs and went on the opposite side of the road towards oncoming traffic and speeds of 50 to 60mph in 30mph zones. He failed to stop during five minutes.

“In that time he weaved in and out of traffic, drove the wrong side of the road and went through red lights without stopping. He ended up wedged between the police car and a stationary vehicle.

“There was no insurance and the motorcycle was registered in the name of an alias, Smith. In interview he made no comment but laughed when shown the images.”

Miss Evie Dean, defending, said Allison had a difficult childhood which led him into trouble but has just learned that he is about to become a father and is keen to change his behaviour.