Shocking footage has been released showing a driver jumping a red light and fleeing from police – while a baby was unrestrained in the back of the car.
Martin Joseph McDonagh, 27, and of New Street, Barnsley, has been jailed for 26 months and banned from driving for more than four years.
He was charged with dangerous driving and a host of other offences.
Officers from Warwickshire Police attempted to stop the silver VW Bora McDonagh was driving on Newbold Road in Rugby on August 2 this year.
But he fled from police, driving around the police vehicle and onto the pavement to get past them.
Officers followed the vehicle along Corporation Street where it jumped a red light causing vehicles to stop before turning onto St Matthew Street where two pedestrians stopped crossing, before finally bringing the car to a stop.
On his arrest, officers realised he had done all this with his baby who officers believe to be under six months old unrestrained in the back seat of the car.
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Luckily the baby was not injured.
He was charged with dangerous driving, driving without insurance, driving whilst disqualified, driving with a child under three years old not wearing a seatbelt, obstructing/resisting a constable in the execution of duty, failing to stop when required and fraudulently using a registration mark/registration document.
He was also charged with child neglect.
McDonagh pleaded guilty at Warwick Crown Court where he was sentenced to a 26 month jail term and banned from driving for four years and three months.
Speaking after the hearing PC Batchelder said: “Martin McDonagh had no consideration for the safety of other people.
“He jumped a red light causing others to stop to avoid a collision and narrowly missed two pedestrians.
“The most shocking of all is his total disregard for the safety of the child who throughout the incident was unrestrained on the back seat of the VW Bora. Fortunately the child was not injured in the incident.
“The sentence today reflects the seriousness of Martin McDonagh’s offences. He was disqualified and uninsured and should not have been driving.”