A DRUG driver was no match for police dog Ringo, who cornered him after he tried to flee officers.

Gulshair Bibi, who was high on cocaine and cannabis, had been spotted behind the wheel of a Mercedes driving fast at 3am on August 22 last year.

Leigh Morgan, prosecuting, told Bolton magistrates how Bibi, who had two passengers in the vehicle, came to a halt on Market Street, Farnworth, but then climbed out of the car and ran off down back streets.

He returned to the vehicle, but ran off again when he saw police were still there.

Police dog Ringo was brought in and, after he found 24-year-old Bibi hiding behind bins, the driver gave himself up.

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Bibi, of Chetwood Drive, Bolton, tested positive for cannabis and cocaine and pleaded guilty to two counts of drug driving and having no insurance.

Tracy Haslam, defending, said the car was owned by a friend, who was one of the passengers but he felt unable to drive as he had taken more drugs than Bibi.

She added that petrol station worker Bibi, who is saving to get married, had decided to drive instead and regrets running away from police.

"It was simply panic and he didn't know what to do," she said.

Bibi, who has no previous convictions, was banned from driving for 18 months and fined £450 plus £130 in costs and charges.

Magistrate Peter Jones told him: "You know you can't get behind a wheel when you are suffering from the effects of drugs and especially when you are carrying two other people as passengers.

"You could have hurt the people who are friends."