Blackpool driver was a danger behind wheel as he tried to get away from police

Burnley Crown Court.
Burnley Crown Court.
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A plasterer was a danger behind the wheel when he tried to get away from police in the Stanley Park area of Blackpool, a court was told.

Jonny Franks, 28, didn’t stop when officers wanted to speak to him in the middle of the night.

You were trying to get away from the officers who wished to speak to you

He drove on the wrong side of the road, far too fast, went round a roundabout at speed and through a red light.

He eventually came to a halt and attempted to make off.

Burnley Crown Court was told how Franks then failed to give a breath test.

Franks, who is self-employed, was said to have “ gone off the rails” when he committed the offences.

The defendant, of Woolman Road, Blackpool, admitted dangerous driving and failing to provide a specimen for analysis.

He was given 18 weeks in prison, suspended for a year and banned for 15 months. Franks must take an extended driving test and was ordered to pay £1,200 costs.

Kimberley Obrusik, defending, said Franks was self-employed, had been a plasterer since he was 16 and worked seven days a week. He had long term ambitions to work on oil rigs.

A disqualification was the greatest punishment for the defendant as it affected his ambitions and his work, the court was told.

Miss Obrusik said Franks couldn’t believe he had done something, which he described as so stupid, to jeopardise what he had worked for for last 12 years.

She said the defendant had gone off the rails. The barrister continued: “His family noticed there was something wrong with him, but he was perhaps oblivious to it. He was going out at nights and doing things he shouldn’t be.

“These proceedings have made him get his priorities straight. He knows what he needs to do and what his focus should be. He has very much learned his lesson and will continue to be punished for this for the length of the disqualification period.”

Sentencing, Judge Jonathan Gibson told the defendant: “You don’t have any previous convictions for dangerous driving or indeed any bad driving record.

“I take the point there wasn’t a formal police chase, but you plainly were trying to get away from the officers who wished to speak to you.”