A DANGEROUS driver who led police on a 110mph chase in a BMW has been jailed for 10 months.

Bolton Crown Court heard how, when Jordan Powell was finally caught, he was also found to have been drink driving.

Judge Graeme Smith heard how police spotted 30-year-old Powell with a damaged windscreen and driving fast on the border of Darwen and Bolton just before 2am on October 30 last year.

The BMW was pursued towards Bolton, driving at 80mph in a 50mph limit.

"At times he is described as driving on the wrong side of the road and going round the wrong side of bollards," said John Kennerley, prosecuting.

The court heard how Powell, during the 12 minute pursuit, also drove past a no entry sign and through red traffic lights.

"A stinger was activated but didn't seem to have a great effect on the vehicle," said Mr Kennerley.

On Kay Street Powell drove at over 70mph through red traffic lights and on St Peter's Way, which has a 50mph limit, the car reached 110mph near the junction with Raikes Lane then came off at the Farnworth exit.

Powell continued speeding at 80mph on the 30mph rated Bolton Road before turning into Bentley Street and abandoning the car when it reached a dead end. He ran off but was caught and arrested after a short chase.

When breath tested Powell, of Regent Avenue, Little Hulton, was found to have 49 microgrammes of alcohol in 100ml of breath when the legal limit is 35 microgrammes.

The court heard that Powell, who pleaded guilty to dangerous and drink driving, has 12 previous convictions for offences including affray, dishonesty, assault and at the time he was driving, was subject to a community sentence for battery.

Rachel White, defending, stressed that Powell had not previously complied with an order to do unpaid work because he had been suffering with depression and although he had sick notes from the doctor, he had not provided them to the probation service.

Judge Smith sentenced Powell to 10 months in prison and banned him from driving for 60 weeks after which he will have to take an extended retest.

The judge told Powell, who appeared for sentencing via a video link from prison: "The dangerous driving, although not the worst of its type, was a serious case. Fortunately, due to the time and circumstances, there was no significant danger to members of the public."