A danger-driver who stole a BMW and took police on a prolonged chase at Houghton-le-Spring has put his plea into reverse.
Kieton Pearson, 22, denied the offence when he appeared before magistrates in South Tyneside in July.
But Pearson, of The Lawns, Easington Lane, Houghton-le-Spring, returned to the same court to admit his guilt.
He now faces sentencing before a judge at Newcastle Crown Court on Wednesday, November 3.
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Prosecutor Niamh Reading said: â€œThe offence falls into the most serious category.
â€œHe has taken a vehicle and it is prolonged driving, with deliberate disregard for others.â€
The court heard Pearson sped along Hart Road, West View Road and Northgate, at Easington Lane, on Saturday, July 3.
Joanne Gatens, defending, said: â€œHe has previous convictions.
â€œHis younger, teenage offending has subsided. His last conviction was in 2019.â€
Pearson pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicle taking and dangerous driving.
District Judge Natalie Wortley imposed an interim driving ban.
She told Pearson: â€œThis case is too serious for this court, so Iâ€™m committing you for sentence to Newcastle Crown Court.â€
Pearson was granted bail on condition he resides at his home address and does not contact the owner of the car.
He must also not enter Murton Lane, Easington Colliery, and must abide by an 8pm to 7am electronically monitored curfew.
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