Dashcam footage showing a getaway driver abandoning an ambulance on railway tracks in front of a high-speed train has now been released by police.
The police car chasing the vehicle captured the footage, which shows driver Shane Hughes, 41, from Halifax, stop just inches from the train as it passed through at 70mph, in Kildwick, North Yorkshire on July 13.
Hughes led officers on a chase for 37 miles before smashing the decommissioned ambulance through a railway barrier and jumping out of the vehicle, which then came within inches of colliding with the oncoming train.
The dashcam video shows Hughes driving the wrong way around a roundabout as he is followed by police, and after crashing through a barrier and stopping on the railway line, he is then seen running away from his vehicle.
Officers then frantically wave to try to warn the train driver of the danger ahead as it speeds past, just missing the getaway vehicle.
Hughes pleaded guilty to a number of driving offences and a charge of theft and was sentenced at Bradford Crown Court to 22 months in prison, and banned for driving for six years and 11 months.
A judge at Bradford Crown Court said it was the worst case of dangerous driving he had ever seen.
After sentencing, Traffic Constable Gemma Brett, of the Major Collision Investigation Unit who led the case for North Yorkshire Police, said: “On the day of these offences, Shane Hughes put numerous lives at risk and could have caused untold carnage.
“His actions were totally irresponsible, illegal and focused entirely on himself with no thought whatsoever for the safety of anyone else.”