Driver led police on a high-speed road chase

Blackpool Magistrates Court

Blackpool Magistrates Court

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A driver led police on a high speed pursuit around Blackpool after he refused to stop for an officer.

Paul Eddleston sped through foggy streets refusing to slow down even for speed bumps.

Eddleston, 25, of Bedford Road, North Shore, pleaded guilty to driving a Vauxhall Astra dangerously and failing to provide a breath specimen for alcohol testing.

He was bailed to appear at Preston Crown Court on May 20 for sentence by District Judge Margaret McCormack, sitting at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court, who imposed an interim driving ban on him.

Pam Smith, prosecuting, said Eddleston was seen speeding on Poulton Old Road in the early hours of April 5. A police patrol signalled for him to stop and initially he did so, but he then set off again.

During the chase, in foggy conditions Eddleston went through red lights, clipped the kerb and failed to slow down over speed bumps.

The prosecutor added: “When asked to take a breath test, he feigned unconsciousness in the police station and curled up in the foetal position.”