A dangerous driver who left the wheel of his car, jumping into the back seat, during a high speed police chase in Gravesend has been jailed.

Olumuyiwa Rhoomes, 33, of Amelia Street, Walworth, was sentenced to 14 months having pleaded guilty to dangerous driving at Maidstone Crown Court on January 27.

Rhoomes was seen driving a grey Hyundai in the New House Lane area of Northfleet on October 10 last year when he was spotted by police officers, who signalled for him to pull over.

Instead of stopping for the marked police motorbike, Rhoomes sped away in an attempt to escape.

Rhoomes reached high speed, turning into Coldharbour Lane, clipping curbs along the way as he headed towards the town centre.

Footage shows him dangerously overtaking another car in the face of oncoming traffic, nearly colliding with a member of the public.

Pursuing officers then witnessed him climb into the back seat, leaving the car out of control, whilst travelling at a speed of more than 40 miles per hour, before his passenger jumped into the driving seat and pulled the car over.

Investigating officer PC Tom Slocombe said: "Rhoomes put many lives at risk including his own when he drove at speed through residential streets in an attempt to avoid police.

"He showed a blatant disregard for other road users and its only luck that no one was hurt.

"Thankfully he was arrested and put before the courts and will now spend time in prison for his actions.

"He has also been banned from driving for more than three years and will need to take an extended driving test before he’s allowed back behind the wheel."