Driver failed to stop for police

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A driver seen by police to crash into a taxi then failed to stop for officers who were pursuing him.

Dean Flackett had been drinking and had drugs on him at the time.

Flackett, 23, of Dean Street, South Shore, admitted failing to provide a breath specimen for alcohol testing and possessing cannabis.

He was sentenced to nine months supervision, disqualified from driving for 22 months and fined £100 with £85 costs plus £60 victims’ surcharge by District Judge Jim Clarke sitting at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.

Alison Quanbrough, prosecuting, said a police officer on foot patrol on Vicarage Road, Poulton, saw Flackett’s Ford Escort collide with a taxi on July 21 at 10.30pm.

Flackett drove off and the officer alerted a mobile patrol,

The patrol saw Flackett at the Norcross roundabout and put on the vehicle’s sirens and lights. Flackett carried on only eventually coming to a stop.

A roadside breath test showed 86 micrograms of alcohol in his body – 35 is the limit.

He also had a small amount of cannabis. At the police station he was abusive and aggressive, failing to provide the required breath specimens.

Patrick Nelligan, defending, said Flackett had tried to give a breath sample, but could not. Flackett was handcuffed throughout as there had been an argument at the custody desk.

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