A man who lead police on a high-speed chase and racially abused police officer whilst drunk has been jailed for a year.

Thomas Steven, 34, of Coggeshall Road, Stisted, was jailed at Ipswich Crown Court on Friday after admitting charges of dangerous driving, failing to stop, drink driving and racially aggravated harassment at an earlier hearing.

Chief Inspector David Giles, of Suffolk Police, said: “This behaviour is completely unacceptable and abuse directed towards our officers and staff will not be tolerated.

"Officers need to be able to carry out their duties protecting the public and we will do everything in our power to bring these offenders to justice.”

Officers attempted to stop Steven's Land Rover in Sudbury town centre in the early hours of Sunday, April 8.

He made off from the scene and led police down the A134 towards Colchester, reaching speeds of 75 miles per hour in 30 miles per hour limits.

Trying to escape through a field, Steven crashed into a ditch where he was arrested and went on to racially abuse the officer.

He was jailed for ten months for dangerous driving and also disqualified from driving for three-and-a-half years.

For drink driving he was given a four month sentence to run concurrently.

Two months were added to his sentence for the racially aggravated harassment of the officer.

Steven was also fined £250 for failing to stop and ordered to take an extended driving test.