A Sheffield thug dragged his partner through the kitchen by the hair, hit her with her coach and then stole her car before leading police on a 90mph chase.
Lee White, 35, attacked his partner of 15 years and mother of his children after she asked him to move out on June 12 last year. The couple had been upstairs, but White angrily went downstairs, and the woman later woke him up before he became violent.
Prosecutor Kevin Jones told Sheffield Crown Court on Monday: “He had the car keys and she wanted them because she had to go to work. He said he wasn’t going to get them. His mother (by phone) said she I was going to go”. call the police and that sparked an argument. She went into the kitchen and he followed her and hit her upper left arm with a pair of slippers and then he put them on and kicked her.”
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White, from Waverley Avenue in Sheffield, pushed the woman towards the back door before grabbing her hair and dragging her through the kitchen. After he let her go, the woman walked away from White, but he took her phone from her pocket and left the house, taking the car out of the driveway.
It was later discovered by an officer tasked with searching the vehicle and a dramatic chase ensued. Jones said that during the police chase, White reached speeds of up to 94 mph. The chase took place along a variety of country lanes through South Yorkshire to Dinnington.
It came to an end when it collided with several parked vehicles.
The court heard that he had prior convictions, including assault causing actual bodily harm and assault on the same partner. At the time of the offenses for which he fell to be sentenced Monday, he was disabled from driving.
In mitigation, Dermot Hughes told the court that White had “enrolled in every possible program available to him” while in custody in order to help him out of prison. The victim, His Honor Judge Reeds KC heard, is willing to take White back to the family home “if he receives proper help and support.”
Jones said: “She describes him as a good person, kind and caring.”
The court heard that White had pleaded guilty to common assault at the plea, trial and preparation hearing, and dangerous driving in magistrates court.
Judge Reeds jailed him for 16 months, telling him: “You drove at very high speeds on country roads at 94 mph and with no regard for other road users. It only ended when you crashed your car into several parked vehicles. You were a driver. disqualified at the time and had no insurance or license and had prior convictions for assault and harassment of the same person.”
White was also banned from driving for one year and 34 weeks. He must take an extended driving test when that time is up.