A senior judge was called an 'absolute helmet' and sarcastically thanked by a dangerous driver he had just sentenced to more than a year in jail.
Defendant Levi Cull had been sentenced to 14 months in prison, but could now face a longer sentence for his outburst aimed at The Honorary Recorder of Bolton Judge Martin Walsh.
Judge Walsh indicated that Cull will be brought back before Bolton Crown Court for contempt of court for the comments made during the hearing on Tuesday (June 7).
The 25 year old had pleaded guilty to a string of driving offences after crashing a Mercedes in Bolton.
Prosecution barrister Harriet Lavin told the court that Cull was spotted by a police officer at around 2.30pm on March 21 of this year.
Cull, who had 10 convictions for 26 offences, 'attempted to duck his head' before turning down a side street away from police, the Manchester Evening News reports.
During a short chase, he drove 60mph on the wrong side of the road, ran a red light and drove across a busy junction without stopping.
On Gibbon Street, Cull crashed and sent the other vehicle into a parked car, before the Mercedes he was driving struck a fence, another car, flipped and eventually landed on its roof.
He pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, driving without a licence and driving without insurance.
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Cull was defended in court by Nick Ross, who told the court that the defendant holds his hands up and recognised that he has a lot of growing up to do.
Mr Ross added that the vehicle was not stolen and there were no 'serious injuries' to anyone despite the 'dramatic' crash.
The Honorary Recorder of Bolton Judge Martin Walsh jailed Cull for 14 months and banned him from driving for three years.
After the sentence was passed, Cull, who appeared in court via a video link, said: "Thank you very much you absolute helmet. In a bit mate."
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