High-speed car chase driver had cocaine hidden

A DRIVER took his heavily pregnant girlfriend on a high-speed car chase around Bolton after police caught him with a stash of cocaine, a court heard.

Waqar Ali caused other motorists to slam on their brakes and swerve out of the way as he drove along Deane Road trying to avoid police, Bolton magistrates were told.

The 20-year-old, of Eustace Street, Great Lever, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, possessing cocaine and driving without a full licence. Nicola Ormerod, prosecuting, told the court how, at about 6.20pm on March 26, police stopped Ali, who was driving a Honda Civic, for not wearing a seatbelt.

His girlfriend, who was 39 weeks pregnant, was in the passenger seat.

As officers spoke to Ali, who they had seen handling something in the car’s footwell, he suddenly drove off at speed into Deane Road.

The officers pursued him but after a short time gave up the chase over concerns for other motorists and pedestrians.

“He failed to stop and swerved violently into oncoming traffic. Other people had to brake hard to avoid him,” said Ms Ormerod.

A short time later police found the car in a side road, where it had crashed into a shop.

Nearby residents directed them to an alleyway that Ali had used to escape.

They gave chase, eventually catching and arresting him when he tired.

Police searched his car and found four snap bags of cocaine.

Magistrates decided they did not have sufficient powers of sentencing and so committed the case to Bolton Crown Court, where a judge will sentence Ali on June 19.

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5:54pm Wed 23 May 12

Bendix says...

Lock him up and throw the key away
Lock him up and throw the key away Bendix
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6:10pm Wed 23 May 12

Lancashire always says...

39 weeks pregnant !! She must have been absolutely terrified.
Well it saves a Jeremy Kyle moment at least she knows what is most important to him. Saves wasting time in the future.
39 weeks pregnant !! She must have been absolutely terrified. Well it saves a Jeremy Kyle moment at least she knows what is most important to him. Saves wasting time in the future. Lancashire always
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8:27pm Wed 23 May 12

Kenipetwoman says...

An Asian drug dealing? What next?
An Asian drug dealing? What next? Kenipetwoman
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11:56am Thu 24 May 12

marco999 says...

I have to ask why this ‘man’ appears to have no respect for his own safety or anyone else’s for that matter. He is driving without a licence so presumably no insurance either; without wearing a seatbelt and with a heavily pregnant woman in a car full of class A drugs whilst he weaves about dangerously on public roads putting other road users at risk. This mans arrogance simply beggars belief. I would love for someone to ask him “ So, who do you think you are – no really, seriously – who do you think you are?”
I have to ask why this ‘man’ appears to have no respect for his own safety or anyone else’s for that matter. He is driving without a licence so presumably no insurance either; without wearing a seatbelt and with a heavily pregnant woman in a car full of class A drugs whilst he weaves about dangerously on public roads putting other road users at risk. This mans arrogance simply beggars belief. I would love for someone to ask him “ So, who do you think you are – no really, seriously – who do you think you are?” marco999
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