A dangerous driver reached speeds of more than 100mph in a police chase while a child was sat in the passenger seat.
Gareth Hurst, 36, tried to evade capture by the police who became suspicious when he turned his car around and drove off at speed upon seeing them.
The chase, which was caught on camera, took place between Newport and Bridgend as Hurst drove onto the A48. He eventually pulled over and got out of the vehicle and during his arrest he told the officer he had become nervous as he had no insurance.
A sentencing hearing at Cardiff Crown Court on Thursday heard an officer was on patrol in the Pill area of Newport at around 1.15pm on February 20 last year when they observed a white-coloured Vauxhall Astra.
Having changed direction the officer became suspicious and followed the Astra but had to reach speeds up to 68mph in 30mph zones in order to catch up with it.
Prosecutor Alex Greenwood said the Astra continued into Pandy Crescent and Brynglas Terrace at 60mph and it was obvious to the officer that the driver was making no attempt to stop.
The vehicle took a left at Pill roundabout onto the A48 towards Bridgend and the officer had to accelerate up to 111mph to draw level and had to maintain speeds of 95mph in a 50 mph zone to keep up. Having reached Stormy Down, near Bridgend, the Astra pulled into a country lane and stopped.
Hurst got out of the car, put his keys on the roof, and was arrested. The officer noticed a child was in the front seat of the car and appeared to be distressed.
During his arrest the defendant told the officer: “I only took off because I have got no insurance.”
He also admitted to being a cannabis user and the presence of cannabis was picked up in a roadside test but it was below the legal driving limit.
Hurst, of no fixed abode, later pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, failing to stop, driving without insurance, and driving without a valid licence.
Defence barrister David Rees said his client had no previous convictions for driving offences and should receive credit for his guilty plea.
Sentencing, Judge DJ Hale said: “This driving was very dangerous. To behave like this with a child in the car – you put them at risk rather than putting your hand up to having no insurance. It’s totally wrong.
“The speed at which you were overtaking those cars you were putting other people at risk too.”
Hurst was sentenced to six months imprisonment suspended for 18 months and was ordered to carry out 150 hours unpaid work and an 18-session programme requirement. He was also disqualified from driving for three years.