A man has been jailed for more than a year after he tried to blame his bull terrier sitting on the pedals for his speeding at close to 100mph.
Jordan Winn, 23, told police Buster was in the footwell of his 2.4l Volvo S60 as he careered along a 30mph zone at 5pm on a Saturday afternoon in October last year.
He had admitted dangerous driving at a previous hearing, but on the basis that he could not control the car because of his excitable dog.
His account was dismissed by Judge Christopher Prince as "ludicrous."
Winn was spotted by a police officer, who was parked off Whitehills Way, Chester-le-Street, County Durham, zoom past.
Footage played in court showed the police car reached 88mph in an attempt to catch up with Winn. The officer estimated Winn must have been driving at close to 100mph.His Volvo could then be seen braking hard and turning right, just missing an oncoming car which had two adults and two children in it.
Sentencing the employed 23-year-old, whose pregnant girlfriend was due to give birth in March and who has been supported by his parents, the judge said he would be failing the public if he did not immediately jail him.
The judge said he was not being punished for the "ludicrous defence" he put forward, but for the potential harm he caused to others, and jailed him for 13 months and banned him from driving for three years.