Local News & Archive — July 19, 2016 at 12:21 am — Updated: July 19, 2016 at 12:21 am

Drug driver jailed after high speed police chase

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A man who led police on a six-mile chase while drug driving has been jailed for ten months.

Brendan Evans sped at 70mph through villages, despite pleas from his three passengers to give himself up. The 26 year-old from Swadlincote, Derbyshire, was described as living a ”thoroughly criminal lifestyle”, having been convicted for 45 previous offences.

Mold Crown Court heard the chase began in Prestatyn late of Monday 8th February, when police saw him driving in a car park at speed. He refused to stop and ignored blue lights as he drove away from the town.

The chase was nearly abandoned when the police car involved hit a puncture – but the police helicopter had been called out because of concerns for Evans’ dangerous driving. He travelled through several villages before his car was finally stopped by a stinger.

Evans still had white powder around his mouth when he told police that he drove away because he had no licence or insurance. He had also taken cannabis.

Judge Nic Parry told him that he ”embarked upon a prolonged course of bad driving over many miles…the potential for a collision was obvious despite the late hour. You put at risk the lives of the three passengers you were carrying.”

Evans admitted four charges, including dangerous driving and driving while unfit through drugs. He was jailed for ten months and banned from driving for two years and four months.

 

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