Driver tried to get away

Beech Avenue seen from the junction with Bryan Road.
Beech Avenue seen from the junction with Bryan Road.

A truck driver being followed by police mounted a busy kerb near primary school to try and get away.

Ciaran Lonsdale also jumped a red light and chasing officers lost sight of him before he handed himself in on Elizabeth Street and was finally arrested.

Lonsdale was given a total of 12 months in jail when he appeared before a judge at Preston Crown court yesterday.

The 22-year-old, of Birchway Avenue, Blackpool, had pleaded guilty to a charge of dangerous driving.

The offence put him in breach of a suspended sentence order that had been made for burglary.

The court heard that on the morning of November 4 last year police were trying to find him regarding an enquiry into another matter.

Karen Brooks, prosecuting, said officers were in the Poulton area and saw the defendant’ stationary flat bed truck, laden with scrap.

Police were manoeuvring to speak to him when he set off towards Blackpool.

The truck entered the outskirts of Blackpool, followed by the officers who were in an unmarked vehicle.

Lonsdale was travelling at a normal speed.

But in the Beech Avenue area, the truck mounted the near side kerb to drive around stationary traffic at lights. Having passed the line of traffic, he turned on to Newton Drive and headed towards the town centre.

Police briefly lost him, but quickly found him nearby.

The defendant handed himself in on Elizabeth Street and was arrested.

Miss Brooks added: “The traffic was busy at the time.

“It was coming up to lunch time and many people were walking on footpaths.

“He had gone round a blind corner, to a degree, on the pavement. It is next to a primary school”.

Wayne Jackson, defending, said it was not the worst piece of dangerous driving to come before a court.

Lonsdale, who had set up his own business, had spent the last five months on remand in custody.

He told the court: “I submit he is trying to move away from the lifestyle he has had.”

Lonsdale was given six months for the offence, with another six months on top for the breach of the suspended sentence.

A judge gave him a 12 month driving ban.