'Last chance' for Great Lever police chase driver
11:16am Saturday 10th May 2014 in News
A DANGEROUS driver who was chased by police for more than two miles has been given one last chance.
Gary Norris, aged 24, of Green Avenue, Great Lever, was arrested after failing to stop the Peugeot 306 he was driving on March 14 for a police officer.
Raquel Simpson, prosecuting, said the unmarked police car pursued Norris after his car swerved from side to side at about 10.35pm.
Bolton Crown Court heard Norris drove with no brake lights at speeds of up to 60mph in residential areas, including Crescent Road and Rishton Lane in Great Lever. He drove over a roundabout and on a pavement in Lever Edge Lane.
The police officer made contact with Norris’ car near the junction of Morris Green Road and St Helen’s Road to stop him from driving further.
Miss Simpson said Norris was found with three snap bags of cannabis.
Norris admitted dangerous driving, driving while disqualified, driving without insurance, possession of cannabis, refusing to provide a specimen of blood and refusing to stop.
Andrew Costello said Norris was a valued worker at a computer recycling firm.
He was sentenced to a 10-month jail term suspended for 18 months, ordered to complete a thinking skills programme and must take an extended driving retest.