Despite her client’s lengthy list of previous convictions, Emma Tuff’s lawyer begged the judge to “take a chance on her”.
However, Tuff was caged yesterday for 14 months for her road rage, reports Manchester Evening News.
A court heard Tuff, 31, failed to stop for officers in her Renault Megane and led the police on a chase.
She sped at 70mph in a 30mph zone through the streets of Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester, and drove past multiple red lights.
The three-minute chase came to an end when she went through a red light at a blind junction and slammed into a passing Ford Transit van, sending it flying.
The driver was left with whiplash and now suffers with ‘travel anxiety’.
Tuff, of no fixed address, admitted dangerous driving and was sentenced yesterday at Minshull Street Crown Court.
Judge Tina Landale said: “The offence is very serious and involved extremely high speeds over a long period of time and it came to an end when you collided with another vehicle and that person was very badly injured.
“It has had a long lasting effect on her.
“The offence was aggravated not only because of the injury but also because of the danger caused not only to yourself, but the pursuing police officers, the two passengers and all the other road users.”
The court heard Tuff had no insurance or licence and was banned from driving at the time, but those offences weren’t taken to court.
The road rage, which happened on April 14 last year, traumatised the driver of the van.
Victoria Lewis, prosecuting, said: “She turned left onto Hope Street then back onto Princess Road, then turned left onto Mossley Road and failed to give way.
“She went through a red traffic light and turned onto Montague Road.
“She was driving at 70mph in a 30mph zone.
“She continued onto Stamford Street at speeds of 60mph and then turned left onto Park Road at speeds of 74mph.”
Tuff was arrested moments after she collided the car into the van.
Speaking about the woman driving the van, Ms Lewis told the court: “She flinches when she sees a car speeding and struggles being a passenger.”
Tuff has 15 previous convictions for 32 offences, including dangerous driving; driving while disqualified; and driving with excess alcohol.
Defence lawyer Steven Sullivan said: “She tells me she was being urged by the two male passengers to get away from the police.
“It’s quite clear Ms Tuff does not enjoy good health, she has very difficult personal circumstances and a difficult family background.
“It’s in my submission that the court can take a chance on her.”
Tuff told the judge: “I’m very sorry for my actions on that day – I was suffering.”