A Peterborough woman raced through a built up area at more than twice the speed limit to try and escape police.
Parents had to pull children back onto the pavement as Philippa Fallowfield (24) reached speeds of up to 60mph when she sped through city centre streets at about 3.30pm on July 4.
However, she eventually became stuck in traffic, and was arrested.
She appeared at Peterborough Crown Court yesterday (Friday) after pleading guilty to dangerous driving and two counts of breaching a criminal behaviour order, which bans her from multi-storey car parks, at a previous hearing.
The court was told Fallowfield, whose address was given as HMP Peterborough, was suffering from a mental disorder following the death of her best friend and her grandfather. The behaviour order was put into place following a number of occasions where Fallowfield threatened to jump from car parks.
Judge Sean Enright gave her a 38 week prison sentence, suspended for two years and a mental health community treatment order. She was also banned from driving for two years.
Jonathan Masters, prosecuting, said: “On July 3 and July 4 Fallowfield was seen to enter the multi-storey car park in Northminster in Peterborough.
“She was picked up on CCTV, and located in Broadway.
“A police officer in a marked car indicated for her to pull over when she stopped at traffic lights, but when they changed she pulled away very quickly.
“She went towards Burghley Road, and then at the mini roundabout turned sharply right towards Central Park.”
Mr Masters said she swerved past parked cars and oncoming traffic and she reached speeds of 60mph in the 30mph zone, racing past blind junctions.
He said: “One woman pedestrian had cause to pull two children from the road.”
She was eventually stopped at the junction of Dogsthorpe and Lincoln Road, when she had to stop for stationary traffic - and the pursuing officer opened the passenger door and took the car keys away.”
Defending, Davide Corbino said:” She was of good character until 2014, when her best friend and her grandfather died in quick succession.
“She went into a spiral of suicidal thoughts.”
The court was told she had a mental health disorder, which was at the root of her offending.
Sentencing, Judge Sean Enright said: “The question arises as to whether you should go into custody, or if there is some other disposal that meets the need of society.”
After announcing the sentence, he warned Fallowfield that of she was caught offending again, she would go to prison.