WATCH: Drug driver in white van chased across Cannock

Dash-cam footage has been released showing police chasing a white van which went on the wrong side of the road, drove over the central reservation and reached double the speed limit.

Screengrabs showing Michael Pitts leading officers on a chase around Norton Canes
Screengrabs showing Michael Pitts leading officers on a chase around Norton Canes

Michael Pitts had no licence or insurance and was under the influence of drugs when he attempted to flee police in Cannock.

The 24-year-old from Walsall sped off after being spotted by police in Norton Canes on November 12 last year.

He was given a suspended prison sentence at Stafford Crown Court last week and banned from driving for 15 months.

Now Staffordshire Police has released footage of Pitts and the white Citroen van he was driving.

WATCH the video here:

During the chase he threw a device which turned out to be a disguised Taser out of the van window at the junction of Stagborough Way and East Cannock Road.

The pursuit continued along Hill Street, past a group of schoolchildren, with the van travelling the incorrect way at an island at the junction of Hayes Way.

Pitts mounted the central reservation at Hilltop Island and continued along the opposite carriageway, travelling the wrong way around a mini-island and ignoring a keep-left sign, reaching speeds of 70mph in a 30 zone.

He continued along the A460, skipping a red light before eventually stopping, being detained and testing positive for cannabis.

Pitts, of St Matthews Close, Caldmore, was given a jail term of six months suspended for 15 months. He must also carry out 80 hours of unpaid work and attend 30 rehabilitation activity days.

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