THE driver of a sports car has been charged with dangerous driving after a high-speed police chase across Bolton.

Traffic officers said they pursued a Mazda RX-8 for more than 28 minutes through the town's streets at speeds of up to 110mph.

The police chase yesterday morning involved traffic patrols, North West Motorway Police, and also required the assistance of the National Police Air Service (NPAS) Barton helicopter.

Greater Manchester Police's traffic division tweeted: "A 30-year-old male was charged with dangerous driving, with driving whilst disqualified, and failing to stop for police.

"He has been remanded in custody to appear at court tomorrow. He also failed a roadside drug test and we are awaiting those results."

The pursuit began in Great Lever at about 4am and passed through Deane and Daubhill.

Police also said they chased the driver into Kearsley, ending up on the Springfield Road estate in Eagley at one point.

Greater Manchester Police's traffic division tweeted yesterday: "The pursuit was brought to a safe conclusion. The driver was arrested and vehicle seized."

NPAS Barton also tweeted: "At 4.10am, we assisted Greater Manchester Police with a vehicle travelling at high speeds in a residential area. The vehicle was stopped using Tactical Pursuit And Containmen (TPAC) tactics and two detained."