A motorist "drove like a maniac" through Carlisle city centre while police gave chase, a court has heard.
Luke Whitfield hit 73mph in a 30mph zone, ran red lights, and overtook on a blind bend with oncoming traffic.
A police officer said there were "several incidents during the pursuit that could have ended in fatality".
The 20-year-old admitted dangerous driving and was sentenced to an eight-month term suspended for two years by a judge at Carlisle Crown Court.
Whitfield, previously of Wigton Road, Carlisle, and now living and working as a chef in Scotland, was also ordered to complete 30 days' rehabilitation, serve a two-year driving ban and sit an extended re-test.
'Risk to others'
The court was told Whitfield was driving a BMW with three passengers on the evening of 8 September.
He had attempted to evade police as he wrongly thought he was not insured.
Judge Andrew Jefferies QC said Whitfield had been "driving like a maniac".
"Not only were you a risk to yourself, you were a risk to the passengers in your car; you were a risk to other road users and you were a risk to any pedestrians.
"It is fluke - and fluke alone - that you are not sitting there facing something much more serious than the charge you are."