Oliver Dean was sentenced at Shrewsbury Crown Court after he admitted driving a friend’s car with a tyre missing, no insurance, and making off from a petrol station without paying.
The court heard the 23-year-old had benefitted from his month in custody, since pleading guilty to the three offences at Telford Magistrates’ Court on January 29, as he was now off class A drugs.
Richard Davenport, prosecuting, said Dean had been staying with a friend in Woodside, Telford, when she reported her Volkswagen Golf had been taken on June 11, 2017.
The car was seen the following evening driving off from the Shell service station in Market Drayton with almost £30 of fuel that had not been paid for. A flat tyre was noticed.
The Golf was spotted by a camera in Whitchurch two hours later, and police were contacted by the ambulance service after staff saw the same vehicle causing sparks on the road as it was missing a tyre.
Dean lost control of the vehicle when he narrowly avoided crashing into another car after getting too close behind it. The Golf span in the road and stopped on a grass verge.
Stephen Scully, defending, said Dean was homeless at the time after being kicked out by his mother due to his drug use. But, he said she was now prepared to take him back in as long as he stayed clean.
The court heard Dean was serving a suspended sentence imposed in August 2017 for breaching a community order, but it would not be activated as the driving offences pre-dated it.
Judge Anthony Lowe said Dean’s actions were "incredibly dangerous”.
"He had been driving for the best part of two and a half hours with a flat tyre, and by the end no tyre at all. At any point he could have lost control and caused a fatal accident,” he said.
Judge Lowe sentenced Dean to a 12-month community order with 40 days of rehabilitation activity and 120 hours’ unpaid work.
He was banned from the roads for a year and must take an extended re-test before he gets his licence back.