Disqualified driver Christopher Pedley locked up after three-day car crime spree
A DISQUALIFIED driver who racked up a total of 10 car-related offences in just three days has been jailed.
Christopher Pedley, who admitted a catalogue of crimes including stealing fuel from a petrol station, was also banned from the roads for five years.
The 31-year-old, of Middlefield Road, Bentilee, was locked up for 48 weeks after appearing at North Staffordshire Magistrates Court yesterday.
His jailing comes two years after the same court heard he was 'addicted to cars' and was 'a danger to the public.'
Andrew Bodger, prosecuting, told how on November 15 a security guard at Asda in Wolstanton saw Pedley pull into the petrol station in a green Hyundai Coupe.
He was seen to fill the vehicle up and drive away. Pedley was later recognised from CCTV stills.
Four days later on November 19 a manager at the BP service station on the A50 at Uttoxeter saw the same Hyundai Coupe drive on to the forecourt.
Mr Bodger said: "He saw Pedley put petrol into the vehicle and start to drive away. The manager stood in front of the vehicle expecting it to stop but it didn't and the man was forced to jump out of the way."
And four days after that Pedley was seen by police approaching a blue Mondeo in Bentilee.
Mr Bodger said: "He got in the driver's seat and sped off. As he did it collided with the bumper of the police car and then went down a grass verge."
Pedley fled but was caught by one of the officers.
He pleaded guilty to charges of driving while disqualified, having no insurance, theft of petrol, making off without paying for petrol and driving without due care and attention.
No evidence was offered by the prosecution to offences of disqualified driving and having no insurance at Leek on November 16 to which Pedey had entered not guilty pleas.
Mr Bodger said he would be offering no evidence on those matters as it was not in the public interest to do so.
Nick Ryles, defending, asked the court to give Pedley credit for his guilty pleas.
In 2010, The Sentinel reported how Pedley had racked up 129 convictions, with 26 of them for disqualified driving, and had already served time in jail.