A dangerous driver was chased by police for nine miles with a young boy on board.
David Chulk, 43, fled from officers in a green and grey Subaru Forester as they approached in Forty Foot Bank, Ramsey last year, a court has heard.
The driver came to the attention of police at just before 2pm on Wednesday, February 6 – but refused to stop and drove off at speed on farm tracks and other routes.
He even drove through a private garden before going off-road and across a ploughed field.
Shockingly, when the car then stopped, a child got out and fled – as did Chulk and two other men.
There were also five dogs in the car.
Police had begun their investigation after they received a report of hare coursing in the area.
Chulk was spotted by an officer from Cambridgeshire Constabulary’s Rural Crime Action Team (RCAT) in Ramsey Hollow Drove, before he turned off onto The Hollow.
At one point, the police car moved next to the Subaru in an attempt to stop it, but Chulk braked, turned around and drove off in the opposite direction.
The car eventually came to a halt after driving across the ploughed field.
A team of officers immediately began searching the area.
Eventually, a dog was found in a water-filled ditch.
When officers tried to retrieve it, Chulk and a young boy emerged from behind a mass of undergrowth in the water.
They had been crawling along the bottom of the ditch in an attempt to stay out of sight, police say.
Chulk identified himself and the officer then recognised him as the driver of the Subaru, which was then seized.
Chulk was interviewed at the scene and initially denied driving the car.
He later pleaded guilty to dangerous driving.
Chulk, of Laleham Road, Shepperton, Middlesex, was sentenced to five months in prison, suspended for 18 months, and disqualified from driving for two years at Peterborough Crown Court on Tuesday, December 1.
He will also have to take an extended re-test and carry out 100 hours of unpaid work.
DC Tom Nuttall, from the RCAT, said: “Chulk’s driving was highly dangerous and showed a complete disregard for the safety of his passengers and all other motorists around him.
“Despite attempts to evade us, the meticulous searches carried out by the RCAT led to him being caught and reported.
“We will continue to do all we can to help keep our rural spaces safe and bring offenders before the courts.”