A man who drove through red lights at speeds of up to 80 mph on a freezing night when the roads were icy has been jailed for two years.

And a judge at Warwick Crown Court ordered that Darren Hackett should first serve the remaining 213 days of a previous sentence, which he was on licence from at the time.

Hackett drove at up to 105 mph during the chase from Hatton, near Warwick, to Acocks Green in Birmingham and then on to the A45 before the police stopped him.

Hackett (23), of Pool Farm Road, Acocks Green, had pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicle taking, driving while disqualified and having no insurance. Prosecutor Louise

Pierpoint said that Hackett was banned from driving under two court orders made in October 2004, which disqualified him for four years, and in March last year when he was banned for two years for aggravated vehicle taking.

In January this year a house in Earlswood Common was burgled and a VW Sharan was taken from the driveway.

Five days later the police went to Hatton Park, Hatton, to investigate a report of a group of young men acting suspiciously around vehicles at 1.40am.

As they arrived Hackett was seen driving the Sharan away from the estate with the lights off, and turning on to the main A4177 by going the wrong way around the island. He sped off towards the Five Ways island, with his passengers throwing headrests, seats and a screw-driver out of the windows, hitting the police car.

At Five Ways Hackett almost lost control, then continued through Baddesley Clinton and Chadwick End at high speed before racing through the centre of Knowle at 80mph. He went through two sets of lights on red, and in Acocks Green West Midlands officers took over the chase, still at speeds of up to 80 mph in a 30mph zone.

Hackett went through more red lights, and on the main A45 Coventry Road his speed reached 105 mph at one stage.

Eventually the police forced him to slow down by puncturing the tyres of the stolen car with a stinger device and then boxed him in.

When he did stop he ran off, but was caught and arrested, said Mrs Pierpoint, who added that the road surface that night was slippery because it had been wet and was freezing.

Jailing him, Judge Richard Cole also disqualified Hackett from driving for ten years.