A DRIVER has been jailed after his car used another vehicle ‘as a ramp’ and crashed, landing on its roof.

Police have said it was a miracle nobody died in the collision.

Several cars were damaged in the crash in Chorley Old Road at around 6pm on May 23 last year.

At Bolton Crown Court Julian Crossman pleaded guilty to dangerous driving and was given a 15-month prison sentence as well as being disqualified from driving for five years.

The court heard police had received several reports of a Volkswagen Golf GTI driving dangerously in the Bolton area before the four-car collision.

The Golf had overturned and landed on its roof and the four people inside had run off, but two were quickly arrested nearby.

The crash near the Colliers Arms pub left four people injured.

The Golf landed in the middle of the road after being driven westbound out of Bolton and colliding with a Fiat Panda travelling in the opposite direction.

It then rebounded into a Mitsubishi 4x4 travelling in the same direction, ripping off the rear offside wheel, and careered across the carriageway into the path of an eastbound silver soft-top Peugeot 206.

Police said the Peugeot had acted like ‘a ramp’ for the Golf sending it flying into the air.

The road had to be closed for four hours while officers cleared up after the crash.

One of the occupants of the Golf suffered a broken leg and another, who was found nearby, suffered a back injury.

The Peugeot driver, a woman in her 40s, suffered minor cuts and bruises and an injury to her left leg while a man driving the Mitsubishi sustained facial cuts and whiplash.

Following extensive inquiries by PC Matthew Picton, from GMP’s specialist roads policing unit, the driver of the Golf was identified as Julian Crossman, aged 25, of St Helens Road.

Speaking after Crossman’s sentencing PC Picton said: “Dangerous driving will not be tolerated on the roads of Greater Manchester. It’s a miracle nobody was killed through the actions of Mr Crossman that day.

“I see too many fatalities where drivers think the law does not apply to them or via their stupid actions they think they will get away with it. “We will always seek to prosecute those drivers who put other roads users most at risk. This sentence sends a warning to those who think they can drive dangerously. We will catch you, and we will prosecute you.”