A van thief who smashed into five other vehicles including a school minibus carrying children was beaten up by enraged victims.
Stephen Anderson helped himself to a VW Crafter which had been left with the keys in the ignition in the West End of Newcastle.
A court heard he then drove it dangerously, leaving a trail of destruction in a series of prangs.
One of the vehicles he hit was a school minibus carrying youngsters, another car had a 13-year-old passenger and a judge said it was a miracle nobody was hurt.
The court was told. when he finally made a run for it, some men giving chase shouted for him to stop and a woman put her arms out and was then thrown to the ground by Anderson.
Newcastle Crown Court heard the men who had been chasing Anderson then caught up with him and he was detained and punched and stamped on the ground.
Now the 26-year-old, of Durham Street, Elswick, Newcastle, has been jailed for aggravated vehicle taking, dangerous driving, common assault, having no insurance and having no licence.
Judge Jeremy Freedman told him: "It was a thoroughly disgraceful incident, you were in drink and under the influence of cannabis and you drove that van in a reckless and dangerous fashion.
"It was a prolonged episode of dangerous driving over a period of half an hour and you collided with no less than five vehicles, you went through red lights, mounted the pavement and drove on the wrong side of the road.
"You collided with a minibus carrying children as passengers and frankly it's a miracle you didn't cause injury to any of the occupants of any of the vehicles with which you collided.
"When you were eventually apprehended you were assaulted, kicked on the ground, no doubt because of the anger of people who had seen the manner in which you had driven and ignored the complainants' attempts to make you stop the vehicle."
The incident started when Anderson came upon the van on Elswick Road, which had been left with the keys in the ignition while the driver went to get some clothing.
Anderson helped himself to it and shortly afterwards collided with a Mitsubishi on Adelaide Terrace, causing £1,500 to £2,000 of damage.
The silver VW van didn't stop and went on to hit the school minibus, which was stopped on Pendower Way.
Anderson went on to hit a Mini in Cowgate. The owner's husband, whose Vauxhall Vectra car was also hit, drove after the van as he made off.
A woman in her Peugeot car on Springfield Road with her husband and 13-year-old daughter were the next victims when Anderson failed to give way at a chicane and hit them.
Prosecutor Neil Pallister said: "A number of school children were on the street at the time.
"She got out of the car and someone shouted 'stop him'. She saw the defendant running towards her being chased by three males.
"She put her arms out to try to stop him but he threw her to the floor, causing her to suffer a swollen knee and hip.
"The males chasing him caught up with him and he was detained and punched and stamped on."
When police turned up, Anderson had an injury to his forehead and was taken to hospital.
Police could smell alcohol on him but he was not breathalysed. A sample of blood showed he was over the drug drive limit for cannabis but he was not charged with that.
Anderson, who has 16 previous convictions, pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicle, dangerous driving, common assault, having no insurance and having no licence.
He was jailed for 20 months and banned from driving for two years.
Jonathan Pigford, defending, said: "He caused upset and trauma to a number of people as a result of his stupidity, which is exactly what it is.
"The collisions occurred at relatively low speeds and there aren't any injuries caused to any occupants of vehicles.
"He was fleeing two individuals who, once they caught up with him, subjected him to a very serious assault. He was punched to the ground, kicked five or six times and lost consciousness."