A DRIVER from Redditch has been jailed after driving at more than 120mph while high on cannabis during a police chase.

Rory Williams was eventually stopped by police and crashed his car before fleeing and hiding behind a wall.

A court heard Williams, aged 20, accelerated away in a Mazda after police detected cannabis from his vehicle on the afternoon of April 1 last year.

Williams was driving in Carlisle, Cumbria, when he was spotted by police.

As officers began to follow, Williams travelled at up to twice the 30mph limit within the city before hitting 100mph as he headed towards the M6.

Police giving chase with blue lights illuminated and sirens sounding saw him overtake one vehicle on a blind bend before going the wrong way around a main roundabout.

"On the motorway the vehicle reached in excess of 120mph," said prosecutor Alexandra Sutton.

"It was seen weaving between lanes two and three, and continued to drive with one tyre deflated and another completely missing after a stinger device was deployed by police.

His vehicle was eventually brought to a stop on the A6 at Plumpton, north of Penrith, crashing into a metal gate after officers made "tactical contact".

It emerged Williams - caught hiding behind a wall after initially fleeing the scene - was not insured, held only a provisional licence and was over the legal cannabis limit at the time of the 15-minute incident.

He'd shown "disregard for others and a high risk to the public", said Ms Sutton, who told how Williams was quizzed by police.

"He said he was glad he had been caught and described his actions and manner of driving as dangerous, reckless and stupid," she added.

Paul Tweddle, defending, said Williams was "sofa-surfing" having moved back to his native Redditch following a spell in Carlisle.

"He is not beyond redemption," said Mr Tweddle, who asked for any jail term to be suspended.

Recorder Tom Gilbart heard of the defendant's difficult start to life and a diagnosis with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

But he jailed Williams - who admitted dangerous driving - for 10 months.

"This was a shocking and quite appalling piece of driving," Recorder Gilbart told him.

"You put the lives of other people at risk. It is only good fortune which prevented a very serious accident from happening."

Williams, latterly of Northleach Close in Redditch, must serve a two-year driving ban when released from custody, and take an extended test