POLICE have released dramatic footage of a 110mph car chase that landed a former Wolves youth footballer in the dock.
Jacob Ramell is seen weaving across roads at high speed before being boxed in by three police cars and running in to a ditch.
Video of the chase was released by West Mercia Police after Ramell, 20, was convicted of dangerous driving and given a 12-month community order.
Ramell, a former Wolverhampton Wanderers youth player, was caught by by police after driving dangerously through Shrewsbury and Telford, Shropshire, on Sunday, 23 December, 2018.
He was convicted on February 26 at Shrewsbury Crown Court but police have now released video from inside one of the pursuing cars.
The operational patrol unit for Shropshire posted the clip on their Twitter account with the caption: “Driver avoids jail after dangerous driving through Shrewsbury and Telford.”
The clip begins with Ramell, in a grey Mercedes, swerving round a sharp corner, with police closely following behind.
The Mercedes, nearly comes off the road and scrapes along the barrier, but manages to right itself as it weaves across both lanes.
It then goes through red lights, with the police’s blue flashing lights visibly reflecting off cars and buildings.
In the next part of the clip, another two police cars can be seen catching up to the Mercedes at a roundabout.
The two police cars attempt to box in Ramell, but he continues to weave dangerously trying to escape.
Eventually he swerves left and crashes into a grass ditch before the video ends.
According to local media reports of the case, Judge Anthony Lowe told Ramell: “”We read in the papers how this type of chase can lead to something tragic.
“It puts the police in real difficulty deciding whether to chase or not.
“You admitted it was disgraceful and on two occasions something more serious could have happened.”
Local media reported at the time that Ramell’s car hit 110mph at one point during the chase.
Ramell, of Wednesfield, Wolverhampton, West Midlands, was also banned from driving for two years, and given 240 hours of community service.
Twitter users who commented under the video the police posted were astounded that Ramell was allowed to walk free.
@bookwormmumof2 commented: “The courts are horrendous and out of touch.”
@pilotclive1968 said: ”One messed up justice system.”
@Mikey_r1 wrote: “And this is why we are seeing an ever increasing number of people taking their chances and failing to stop. You drive like that and don’t even get a custodial. Shocking. Sadly the next time they are in court will probably be for death by dangerous.”
@SheilaTnowC added: “Dangerous driver “avoids” jail. Where’s the deterrent? Epic fail by courts and sentencing.”