Driver smashed into parked cars after fleeing police at more than 100mph through Ainsworth
12:19pm Monday 10th February 2014 in News
A DRIVER trying to escape from police smashed into parked vehicles after speeding at more than 100mph in a residential area.
Bolton Crown Court heard how Paul Greenwood broke a bone in his neck in the crash on Church Street, Ainsworth.
Greenwood, aged 25, of Fairfield Drive, Bury, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving and failing to stop for police and was jailed for 10 months.
Graham Robinson, prosecuting, said that Greenwood’s Audi car was spotted by police speeding on Bolton Road, heading towards Bury, just after midnight on June 2, last year.
The vehicle turned on to Orpington Drive, Haig Road and Ainsworth Road, travelling at more than the 30mph limits, then sped up when the officer following put on his flashing lights.
“The Audi accelerates and, at one point, it tops 100mph,” said Mr Robinson, adding that Greenwood was “snaking” as he drove through the built-up area and failed to give way at six junctions.
On Church Street near Sumner Avenue, Ainsworth, Greenwood lost control of the car, and smashed into two parked cars, causing damage estimated at £5,000.
Greenwood, covered in blood, was arrested as he climbed out of his wrecked car window.
He was taken to hospital where a blood sample, obtained nearly four hours later, showed he had been drinking but was under the drink-drive limit.
He was treated for a broken neckbone and had to wear a neck brace for six weeks.
His brother, Adam Greenwood, who was a passenger suffered a broken shoulder, but another passenger escaped uninjured.
Sara Haque, defending, said Greenwood, a father-of-two, who works as a labourer, panicked and tried to escape police after realising he had been driving too fast.
“It was a moment of pure madness,” she said.
Jailing Greenwood, Judge Timothy Stead told him: “It was with complete disregard for the safety of your passengers and others about.”
Greenwood was also banned from driving for two years and ordered to pay a £100 victim surcharge.