Dad livestreams himself driving 100mph after downing bottle of Jack Daniels
A dad who live-streamed himself drink driving at 100mph before going the wrong way on a motorway has been jailed for 18 months.
Kieron Dawson, 32, led police on a 100mph chase after downing a bottle-and-a-half of Jack Daniels.
The driver, from Grimsby, sped the wrong way down the A15 and M180, also going the wrong way around a roundabout with just his hazard lights on at 1.30am.
A woman who saw Dawson’s Facebook Live broadcast called police, Grimsby Crown Court was told.
Dawson had been living in his car, a silver Peugeot 206, because his ex had booted him out of their home.
Lydia Carrol, prosecuting, said Dawson posted a live video onto his Facebook page that showed him driving through North Lincolnshire villages.
The video was reported to the police.
She said: “The Facebook Live showed him crashing into things.
“The woman who reported him then updated the police and said he had commented while driving at 100mph. The police were able to find his location.
“At around 1.30am an armed response vehicle saw the car in South Ferriby.”
At this point, Dawson commented: “I’ve got a full tank of fuel I can run all night, not stopping.”
Ms Carrol said the car was seen driving along the B1204 and through Bonby before joining the A15.
Dawson drove along the road as if heading southbound but on the northbound carriageway at speeds of 100mph.
He then drove the car the wrong way around the Barnetby Top roundabout before heading on to the M180 with just the hazard lights on, and again travelling in the wrong direction.
Dawson was eventually stopped by police on the A160 and arrested.
A breath test was taken and Dawson was found to be over the limit for alcohol.
Ms Carrol said in his police interview Dawson claimed the incident had started because “His ex had kicked him out and he had been living in his car for two weeks.”
She added: “He admitted to driving dangerous, failing to stop and travelling in the wrong direction.
“He agreed the consequences could have been catastrophic and was not only putting himself at risk but the innocent members of the public.”
The court heard Dawson has 12 previous convictions for 35 offences, most of which are driving offences including driving while disqualified, driving without a licence and taking without consent.
Mitigating, Ms Fisher told the court that Dawson’s driving was “an appalling piece” but said he showed “full and frank and genuine remorse for what he has done.
She said: “He is 32 and had been in a relationship with his ex-partner for 13 years but very sadly she had made the decision to end the relationship and asked him to leave the family home and he said that turned his life upside down.
“The thought of losing her was very difficult for him to deal with.
“He made a regrettable and very stupid decision. He said he felt he had nothing to live for and didn’t care whether he or not he lived or died and that was the motivation behind his actions.
“He accepts at the time he didn’t have thoughts for the potential consequences of the other road users.
“Since then he has taken significant steps to sort himself out.”
Dawson, of Avenue Vivian, Scunthorpe, was jailed for 18 months by Recorder Thyne who told him: “You have a bad record for driving. This is a serious offence of dangerous driving.
“You were over the prescribed alcohol limit for driving and not for the first time.
“You have taken steps to improve your life.”
Dawson has been disqualified from driving for 45 months and must take an extended re-test.