The driver of a stolen car who killed a friend during a police car chase in Doncaster is today starting an eight-year jail sentence.
Andrew McMinn, aged 20, from Doncaster but of no fixed address, was sentenced at Grimsby Crown Court after the car collided with a JCB in May 2012. He has also been disqualified from driving for seven years.
He was driving a stolen red Peugeot 306 along Station Road, Stainforth, around 1pm on May 21 after it was pursued by police when it failed to stop in Thorne.
The Peugeot was travelling towards Hatfield when it collided with the tractor, which was travelling in the opposite direction.
Nineteen-year-old Scott Stobbs, from Stainforth, who was a passenger in the car, sustained life-threatening injuries and died two days later. The driver of the JCB was not injured.
McMinn was convicted of causing death by dangerous driving, causing death whilst driving a motor vehicle while disqualified, causing death while driving a motor vehicle without insurance, aggravated vehicle taking, dangerous driving, driving while disqualified and driving without insurance.
South Yorkshire Crime Commissioner Shaun Wright said: “There can be no doubt that the offences committed were themselves of an extremely serious nature. However, the end result, which saw the loss of a young man’s life and devastation to his family, is nothing but tragic.”
Sergeant Andy Whittaker, who investigated the collision, said: “These are very serious offences, which have resulted in the loss of a young man and left his family devastated.”