A taxi driver who drove through Liverpool at speeds of up to 80mph after learning his partner was seeing another man has been jailed.
Kieran McKechnie, 28, took his Vauxhall Astra on the two-mile driving spree through Walton, be-fore smashing into a stationary car at a junction.
A judge at Liverpool Crown Court called his actions “astonishing, breathtaking and horrific” after viewing dashcam footage which showed him driving at 80mph.
McKechnie also drove through red lights, sped over speed bumps at 45mph and ignored a give way sign close to a mum and her children – then ran away from the scene of the crash.
At the time of the offence in August 2015 he was employed as a driver for Delta Taxis, but was not on duty.
Chris Taylor, prosecuting, said: “The defendant was seen to climb out of the passenger door of the Delta taxi he had been driving, apparently putting his hands up in an apologetic gesture to the complainant in the case, and made away from the scene.”
Mr Taylor said traffic on the usually busy roads was “thankfully light” at the time of the incident.
The court heard McKechnie, from Kirkby, was driving a leased car, and the company said premiums had increased for all drivers as a result. The vehicle he crashed into had to be written off.
Gerald Baxter, defending, said it was unlikely the “very remorseful” dad would ever work as a taxi driver again and knew he would be separated from his daughter while in jail.
He said: “The reason for it, but he agrees that it doesn’t amount to any justification, is that he had found out that his partner was seeing someone else.
“He couldn’t handle that revelation and unfortunately this was the way that he reacted. He got into the car and drove as badly as you have seen.”
McKechnie admitted a charge of dangerous driving and was also sentenced for a bail act offence after failing to turn up to court.
The Judge told him: “This is appalling, disgraceful driving over two miles in speeds that approached 80mph, and were still greatly excessive in 30mph residential areas.
“The explanation was that you had just found out your partner was seeing somebody else. I appreciate people do find it difficult in personal relationships to handle situations, but that doesn’t mean that they put their own and other people’s lives in danger as you did.”
He sentenced him to 14 months in prison and banned him from driving for 31 months.