A young driver from the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, has been jailed for two-and-a-half years after leading police on two high-speed car chases in a six-month period.

Christopher Wright, 24, was first arrested on July 30 last year when officers were forced to smash his Ford Puma off the road to stop him following a 15-mile pursuit that saw Wright reach speeds of nearly 110mph on busy public roads.

A court heard how police intended to pull Wright over after spotting him driving without a seatbelt. The driver gave the officers a 'thumbs-up', indicating that he was going to stop before speeding off.

Video footage captured from a camera mounted in the pursuing police car showed Wright swerving through traffic, narrowly missing several HGVs, driving on the wrong side of the road and narrowly missing head-on collisions.

Police were forced to chase down Wright once again on January 6 this year when they suspected him to be drunk. The defendant led the police on a 70mph pursuit through the narrow streets of Cinderford at 1am, narrowly missing parked cars and clipping kerbs.

According to the Gloucester Citizen, Prosecutor Martin Steen said Wright even carried on driving despite police laying two stingers in the road, leaving him with three punctured tyres, before the Ford Fiesta eventually came to a halt in Whimsey Road.

Police stated that around £70 worth of cannabis was found on him and at his home that day, but Wright refused to give police a specimen.

The BBC reported that Wright was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison and was banned from driving for four years.

Video footage of the first high-speed chase can be seen below