Police chase driver avoids jail sentence

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A Blackpool man admitted a mindless spell of driving as his vehicle was being chased by the police.

After Lee Bradwell then began to overtake cars on the wrong side of the road the following police officers decided to pull out of the incident because it was becoming too dangerous.

Bradwell admitted driving without due care, driving while banned from the road, having no insurance and failing to stop for police.

Peter Bardsley, prosecuting, told Blackpool Magistrates that a man known to have been disqualified from the roads until he took an new driving test was behind the wheel of a Ford Focus.

The prosecutor said: “Police saw Bradwell driving and the officers put on their sirens and flashing lights. The accused then sped up and overtook cars on the wrong side.” However the court heard Bradwell, who had previous driving convictions dating back to 1999, had a change of heart.

He later rang police and admitted he had been driving. During his interview he told officers he accepted he had driven in a “dangerous and mindless way without ever looking at the speedometer.”

Brett Chappell, defending, said: “Without any shadow of a doubt this is a most serious matter.

“This man has an atrocious driving record.

“He has responsibilities to his family and is in the process of adopting two young children whose own mother committed suicide.”

Bradwell was given a 210 day jail term suspended for two years, given a three year driving ban and ordered to pay £165 costs.

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