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Blackburn man took police on dangerous chase in town

Blackburn Magistrates’ Court heard when police arrested Connor Doyle he was in possession of a quantity of heroin.

Doyle, 41, of Hollin Bridge Street, Blackburn, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, no insurance or licence, failing to stop when required by a constable and possession of heroin.

He was remanded on bail for the preparation of a pre-sentence report.

Henry Prescott, prosecuting, said a patrolling officer saw a Toyota Corolla being driven by Doyle go through a red light in Lower Audley Street and gave chase on November 9.

He activated his lights and sirens and indicated for Doyle to stop.

“He failed to do that and there was a pursuit,” said Mr Prescott.

He said Doyle reached speeds of more than 50 mph as he drove along Bolton Road before turning sharply into Hollin Bridge Street and over the narrow bridge.

He went onto the wrong side of the road before driving into Stancliffe Street.

“The officer deemed the speed and the manoeuvres carried out to be dangerous,” said Mr Prescott.

“The defendant eventually stopped in a back alley in Henry Whalley Street and ran off.”

Aftab Bakhat, mitigating, said his client clearly needed intervention from the Probation Service.



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