A DRUG driver carrying more than £1,500 worth of cocaine and cannabis, led police on a high speed chase through Bolton.

The Nightingale Court at the University of Bolton Stadium heard how 30-year-old ex-convict Javid Adam, driving a BMW, was pursued by police along Blackburn Road, Egerton, on the afternoon of April 20 last year, at 80mph.

Adam, of Maplewood Gardens, Bolton, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply cocaine and cannabis, dangerous driving and driving under the influence of cocaine as well as having no licence or insurance.

Alison Whalley, prosecuting, said: “He was overtaking vehicles that were going slower than him in an extremely dangerous manner.

“He turned right at the Bromley Cross junction, before turning left into a cul-de-sac and stopping.

“After being apprehended, he told the police straight away that he had drugs in the vehicle.

“The chase lasted around three minutes.”

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Drug tests revealed that he was under the influence of cocaine while driving. Thirty-three bags of cocaine and 25 bags of cannabis were inside the BMW, as well as £460 in cash, which are suspected to have been obtained by dealing.

Adam previously served jail time for possession of drugs with intent to supply in 2018.

In mitigation, defence lawyer Neil Fryman told the court: “He is making a good go of it in prison.

“He’s been on remand now for seven months. He has substantial mental health issues which he is on medication for.

“When he is released, he wants to settle down and have a good, solid family life.

“He knows the area well. He stopped in that cul-de-sac because he wanted to be apprehended. He says it is a blessing that he was caught.”

Adam, who appeared in court via a video link from prison, was sentenced to three years and four months in jail and was banned from driving for three years and two months.

Sentencing Adam, Recorder David Temkin QC told the defendant: “There’s a significant aggravating factor in this case, and that is your previous convictions.

“I accept you must have been working for someone else and you were the one put in the dangerous position but there is no alternative to custody in this case.”

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